Career Planning Checklist

The Career Planning Checklist is a list of the opportunities students can take advantage of during their time at UCSC. Click to find more information about your year.

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Transfer Students

If you would like to discuss and plan a path suited specifically to you, meet with a Career Coach and have a discussion regarding your interests and path. Start by reviewing possible majors

First Year

  • Visit the Career Center (located on the 3rd floor above the Bay Tree Bookstore) and discover what services are available
  • Research majors by using the General Catalog and explore the “What Can I Do With This Major” tool
  • Identify your personal and professional values, interests, and skills by taking one of ourassessments
  • Get involved with a student organization and search for volunteer opportunities in your fields of interest
  • If you’re looking for part-time employment, search the Employee Request System for on-campus jobs and SlugQuest for off-campus employment
  • View our events calendar to attend workshops and career fairs

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

  • Use Informational Interviews to have in-depth insight about your field of interest
  • Start your job search early (ideally during fall quarter); meet with a Career Adviser to create a targeted job search
  • Finalize all required job application materials (resume, cover letter, and references) and have them reviewed by a Career Adviser
  • Decide on your best option after graduation, and create backup plans (just in case!)
  • Take the appropriate graduate school entrance exam (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT) early in the year
  • Solidify your relationships with faculty and talk to them about letters of recommendation and set up an Interfolio account to store your letters
  • Research market trends and salary expectations for your industry and career of interest
  • Network with employers by attending a Career Fair with your reveiwed resume
  • Make sure to network effectively, create a LinkedIn profile, and conduct Informational Interviews to gain career information and expand your network
  • Prepare for interviews by identifying your relevant skills and interests from past experience; meet with a Career Adviser
  • Extensively use both the Career Center’s job search tools (SlugQuest, Going Global, and Career Beam) and external job search resources (LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed)
  • Receive feedback on your LinkedIn profile from a Career Adviser and use it to connect with the UCSC Alumni Group on LinkedIn
  • View our events calendar to attend workshops and career fairs

Transfer Students

  • Visit the Career Center (located on the 3rd floor above the Bay Tree Bookstore) and find out what services are available
  • Identify your personal and professional values, interests, and skills by taking one of our assessments
  • Get involved with a student organization and search for volunteer opportunities in your fields of interest
  • If you’re looking for part-time employment, search the Employee Request System for on-campus jobs and SlugQuest for off-campus employment
  • Develop and solidify your relationships with faculty and talk with them about letters of recommendation and set up an Interfolio account to store your letters
  • Apply for an internship in your field of interest; meet with our Internship Adviser to consider both your on- and off-campus options
  • Learn how to network effectively, create a LinkedIn profile, and conduct Informational Interviewsto gain career information and expand your network
  • Begin to research companies and industries through Informational Interviewing and CareerBeam (link to new exploration page, Career Beam)
  • Visit the International Education Office (IEO) to consider study abroad programs
  • Research graduate or professional school and admissions requirements and meet with a Career Adviser who specializes in your field of your interest
  • Take a practice graduate school entrance exam (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT)
  • Obtain a meaningful summer job or internship related to your major or career interests
  • Prepare for interviews by identifying your relevant skills and interests from past and current experience and set up a mock interview with a Career Adviser
  • Extensively use both the Career Center’s job search tools and external job search resources
  • Receive feedback on your LinkedIn profile from a Career Adviser and connect with the UCSC Alumni Group on LinkedIn