Start Planning Your Future

Wondering where to start? Here are some essential steps that you can take no matter where you are in your career journey.

Activate Your Handshake Account

Handshake is a platform that connects talented Bruins with internships, jobs, and career opportunities. Use Handshake to find workshops, events and other career development programs hosted by the UCLA Career Center.

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Get Your Copy of the UCLA Career Guide

Use the Career Guide as a tool to help with your preparation for the future. It contains resources, tips and information on the most up-to-date career advice.

Download the UCLA Career Guide Here

Discover Your Strengths and Passions

Evaluate who you are and what you want. This is the time for you to learn more about yourself by trying new things and getting involved.

Explore Majors

Explore majors through general education classes early on so you can make an informed decision about your major choice.
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Get Involved with Clubs and Organizations

Develop your interests, try new things, and meet new people through student organizations, sports, and extracurricular activities.
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Discuss Your Interests

Talk about your career interests with parents, friends, professors, and other working professionals. The more you discuss your interests, the more you will discover how they align with potential career options.
Sign up for the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

Develop Your Career Readiness Competencies

Get acquainted with the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 8 career readiness competencies which represent the skills, experiences and attributes that employers look for when recruiting. Consider how you can develop these competencies through your experiences at UCLA.
View NACE's Career Readiness Competencies

Create a Personalized Career and Education Plan

Use the FOCUS 2 Career tools to assess your personality, interests, skills and values to create a personalized career and education plan.
Register for Your Free FOCUS 2 Account

Visit the Career Center

Visit us to get acquainted with our resources and services. Stop by for a 15-minute session and meet one-one-one with a career engagement educator or a peer advisor.
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Explore Your Career Options

Continue to explore and gather information about careers and industries. Connect with people who work in the career fields that interest you to gain first-hand insights.

Attend Career Events, Workshops and Programs

Hear from diverse industry professionals to learn more about career fields, organizations, and academic pathways. Broaden your awareness of the opportunities available to you.
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Utilize Online Career Resources

Research career information online. The Career Center has a number of resources to help you get started.
Explore Online Resources

Conduct Informational Interviews

Conduct informational interviews with people who work in career industries of interest to you in order to gain insights into a career field or company and build your network. Reach out to professionals via LinkedIn or connect with alumni on UCLA One.
LinkedIn for Students
UCLA One


Build Your Career Readiness

Clarify your direction through experiential education and seek out summer jobs, internships, and volunteer activities.

Find Jobs and Internships

Nothing beats first-hand experience. Pursue internships, part-time and summer jobs to gain work experience and strengthen your skills.
Find Jobs & Internships on Handshake

Complete the On-Campus Recruitment Orientation

The On‐Campus Recruitment (OCR) Program allows current UCLA students to interview for jobs and internships with top companies without having to leave campus. All students are required to complete the OCR orientation before participating in on campus recruitment.
Log in to myUCLA to Take the OCR Orientation

Attend Career Fairs, Networking Events, and Info Sessions

Attend recruiting events to learn about opportunities at various companies and make connections that can lead to an interview.
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Connect & Network with Professionals

A strong network goes a long way. Connect with professionals at on-campus and off-campus events, as well as on LinkedIn and UCLA One.
LinkedIn for Students
UCLA One

Explore Volunteer Opportunities

Make a difference by getting involved in a cause you believe in. Follow your interests and values while gaining new skills and expanding your network.
UCLA Volunteer Center


Reach For Your Goals

Determine what path you would like to pursue and develop skills in that area. Reflect on what you've learned through your research and experiences. Consider where you want to be and develop an action plan with strategies to achieve your goals.

Craft a Killer Resume

A resume is an important marketing tool and is often your best chance to make a good first impression. Make every word count.
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Strengthen Your Interview Skills

Make sure you’re prepared to make a great impression and demonstrate that you’re the right fit for the position. Use the InterviewStream mock interview tool to hone your interviewing skills.
Log in to InterviewStream

Build your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles

Start building your personal brand! Take control of your online image by showcasing your professional goals, skills, and experiences.
Log in to Handshake
LinkedIn for Students

Schedule an appointment with a Career Engagement Educator

Meet one-on-one with one of our career engagement educators to discuss your goals, ask questions and gain advice.
Schedule an Appointment on Handshake

Participate in On-Campus Recruitment Opportunities

Join on campus recruiting events to build your professional network and learn more about careers in your field.
Explore All Events

Build a Personal Action Plan

Use the FOCUS 2 Career tools to create a personalized action plan. Develop strategies to work toward your goals.
Log in to FOCUS 2


Design Your Future

Aim to develop your professional skills and seize opportunities for growth. Get involved with professional associations and seek opportunities for continuing education.

Expand and Strengthen Your Network

Attend on and off-campus networking events, use LinkedIn and expand your UCLA network.
LinkedIn
UCLA One

Join Professional Organizations

There are many professional organizations for every career field. Get involved in your field and attend networking and educational sessions to stay connected and on top of trends.
Explore UCLA Alumni Career Resources

Prepare for Graduate School

Start preparing for graduate school if your career choice requires an advanced degree. Check admission requirements, testing dates, and timelines for applications. Attend the annual Admit UCLA: Graduate and Professional School Fair in October.
Read more About Preparing for Graduate School