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UCLA Career Center

Resources for Addressing Student Career Concerns During COVID-19

Below you'll find answers to common questions students may have when seeking out advice on how to navigate their career during the coronavirus pandemic.

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What services is the Career Center providing at this time?

The Career Center is fully operational offering virtual career coaching including assistance with job and internship listings via Handshake, drop-ins, virtual employer information sessions, and much more.

Graduate and Professional School planning and application support is also available at the Career Center.

Are companies still hiring for internships and full-time positions?

Yes! The job search may look different, but there are still thousands of jobs available. According to a recent UCLA Career Center survey:

  • 80% of employers recruiting at UCLA plan to recruit at the same level that they planned to prior to the pandemic.
  • 53% of employers are honoring their offers, albeit some with adjustments such as virtual work and delayed start dates
  • Hiring trends are leaning towards industries who are meeting increased demands to help support our country through this pandemic. Healthcare providers, consumer products and services, and tech companies who cater to remote learning and at-home work are all looking to increase their workforce.

Students are encouraged to use Handshake to find positions, where there are currently 12,500+ open jobs and internships listed right now.

What can I do to remain competitive during these challenging times?

  • Update and expand profiles on Handshake and LinkedIn to further develop your online brand.
  • Identify a mentor using UCLAOne. Also utilize Handshake and LinkedIn to conduct informational interviews with Bruin Alumni who are working in positions that interest you.
  • Research companies and industries using resources in Handshake such as Firsthand.
  • Practice your virtual interviewing skills using “Interview Stream” (accessed through Handshake).
  • Expand your skills by obtaining virtual volunteer projects, virtual internships, and taking Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) through platforms such as Coursera and EdX.

I’d prefer to meet with you (faculty member) to dive deeper into my career planning concerns.

Utilize the Career Center Faculty Toolkit to prepare for your meeting with the student. In the toolkit you'll find:

  • Career conversation starters
  • Job and internship application review resources
  • Career fair prep worksheets
  • LinkedIn and Handshake tips and trips, and more.