Career Counseling Appointments 

& Drop-In Hours

The Career Center is much more than “the place to go to find a job” when you’re ready to graduate. In fact, we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at UCLA! Throughout your academic career the Career Center can help you gain Clarity (learn about yourself), Confidence (develop career readiness skills) and Connections (form a professional network).   

Meet with a Career Counselor to:

  • Gain a better understanding of your skills, interests, and personality and learn how they relate to your career possibilities
  • Increase your knowledge of the job search process
  • Learn how to get an internship
  • Write an effective resume 
  • Gain greater confidence in interviewing skills
  • Learn about the process of applying to graduate and/or professional school
  • Learn how to write an effective personal statement.
  • And more!

Appointment Options

Please note that a Handshake account is required in order to register. Students are limited to one appointment (of any type) per day.

The Career Center offers several options for full-time, registered UCLA students to receive individualized, in-person assistance on their career needs:

Scheduled Appointments

Drop-In Hours at the Career Center

Drop-In Hours Across Campus

Keep scrolling for details about each option.

Scheduled Appointments

Topics Covered: All career topics including, but not limited to, Career Counseling, Pre-Professional/Grad School, Mock Interview, Personal Statement, Resume / Cover Letter (paper copy required), Job or Internship Search.

Monday - Friday
9 am - 4 pm
30 minute sessions

How to Schedule: Schedule an appointment through Handshake (Career Center tab, choose Appointments). Appointments are visible up to two weeks in advance. If you have any problems registering, please contact us and provide us with your full name and UCLA student ID number.

Late Arrivals: Please arrive on time, as counselors are often scheduled for back-to-back appointments and are therefore unable to meet beyond your allotted appointment time. If you are running late, please call (310) 206-1915 to inform us so the counselor knows whether or not to expect you.

Cancellations: If you are unable to make it to your scheduled appointment, please cancel or reschedule your appointment through Handshake as soon as possible.  This will make your appointment available for another student.  Repeated no-shows may result in a suspension of access to Career Center services.

Drop-In Hours at the Career Center 

Drop-ins in the Career Center occur year-round including finals weeks and breaks (summer, winter, and spring).  Exceptions include university holidays. Hours are subject to change; please check this page for current information.

Topics Covered: Job or Internship Search, Resume / Cover Letter (paper copy required). For all other topics, please schedule an appointment through Handshake.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 

10 am - 2 pm

15 minute sessions

Strathmore Building, 2nd Floor

Check-in begins at 10am sharp. Lines are not permitted inside the Career Center before this time. Students will be seen on first-come, first-served basis. Please note that drop-ins are only available for students who do not have an appointment scheduled on the same day.

Peace Corps Drop-In Hours:

Thursdays, 2pm - 4pm, 3rd Floor

Contact Jeffrey Janis at or 310.206.4206 for more information.

Drop-In Hours Across Campus

All students are welcome to take advantage of the below drop-in hours and all other Career Center services, unless otherwise indicated.

Drop-Ins Across Campus occur during fall, winter, and spring quarters excluding finals weeks, breaks (summer, winter, and spring), and university holidays.

Student-Athlete Career Drop-Ins (for Student-Athletes only)

PhD & Master's Student (for Graduate students only)

Tuesdays and Wednesdays

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

15 minute sessions

Strathmore Building, 2nd Floor

The Career Center is proud to provide Career Engagement Pop-Up Drop-Ins for Undergrad Students throughout campus - Click on the image below to view the full schedule


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Are you trying to figure out what occupations or majors are a good fit for you? FOCUS 2 can help! With 5 research based assessments to identify your work interests, personality, skills, values, and leisure interests; FOCUS 2 generates a list of occupations that match your assessment results. FOCUS 2 also makes connections between UCLA majors and occupations. So sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home and build your career plan today.

Create an account (NOTE: You must provide an Access Code, which is located on your Handshake homepage).


Log in to your existing account

For questions, please send an contact us with your full name and UCLA student ID number or call 310.206.1915.