"Making a connection," also known as networking, is an essential step in the transition from student to professional. By speaking with professionals in an area of interest, you can find out what it's like to work in that field on a day-to-day basis. Also, once you know your career direction, you may receive job leads and tips from your contacts.
- Informational interviewing - A particular form of networking that involves consulting with professionals to learn more about their career fields.
- Berkeley Career Network - A database of Cal alumni who have volunteered to share their career experiences with you in informational interviews.
- LinkedIn - A superb resource for finding alumni for informational interviews.
- Directory of Associations - A database of over 35,000 links to professional associations. These organizations provide structured opportunities to meet individuals in a particular industry or career, and may provide special opportunities for students.
Career Center Services
- Career Center Programs, including our popular Career Connections series, are a good way to make connections with people working in your interest areas who want to help you as a Cal student.
- Career Fairs allow you to meet a variety of employers looking to hire Cal students.
- Externships are job shadow opportunities that can offer many opportunities for connecting with professionals.
Meeting with a career counselor, you can:
- Develop your "elevator pitch" for introducing yourself in networking situations.
- Create a strategy for approaching and speaking with possible connections.
- Learn to create or improve your LinkedIn profile, an essential networking tool.