Career Connections Series

Explore career fields through casual conversations with Cal alumni and professionals!

All events will be held at the UC Berkeley campus. More info and RSVP available in Handshake.

Fall 2019

Consulting | Wed, Aug 28, 2019, 6-8 pm

What exactly does a “consultant” do and how do they make an impact?  Take advantage of this interactive session to demystify what consulting is, and hear INSIDER TIPS from industry professionals who will share their insights and experiences in this dynamic and global industry! Discover how to leverage your skills and experience that will resonate with management, operations, technical, financial advisory, human resource and other types of consulting organizations!

Non-Tech Roles in Tech | Tue, Sep 24, 2019, 5-7 pm

Seeking alumni and professionals working in a variety of non-technical roles within the tech industry, from sales and marketing to HR/recruitment and product management, to help promote the range of non-technical opportunities and backgrounds represented within this growing industry.

Human Resources / Talent Acquisition | Thu, Oct 03, 2019, 5-7 pm

Human Resources / Talent Acquisition professionals are at the heart of every great organization and are responsible for the engagement of companies most valued resource - their people. They have a unique perspective into the businesses. They have the chance not just to develop individual employees they work alongside, but also improve the organization as a whole. Come to this session to learn from alumni and professionals about this rewarding career.  

Government & Law | Thu, Oct 10, 2019, 5-7 pm

Government and law professionals impact the lives of us all, in the U.S. and across the globe. Join us for this casual networking event to meet Cal alumni & professionals who have dedicated their career to addressing pressing issues that face our country, states, and cities.

PhDs | Wed, Oct 16, 2019, 6-8 pm

This event offers graduate students the opportunity to talk with PhD Alumni and employers in a convivial setting. Meet, mingle and chat with professionals from an array of fields and employer organizations ranging from think tanks and nonprofits to government and tech sector.

All UC Berkeley graduate students and VSPA affiliated postdocs are welcome to attend.

Data Science | Thu, Oct 24, 2019, 5-7pm

Data Science was ranked the #1 job in America according to Glassdoor’s 2018 rankings, and it continues to evolve as one of the most promising and in-demand career paths for skilled professionals. Interested in pursuing a career in this exciting field, or just want to learn more about it? Join us for this casual, interactive event where you will meet Cal alumni and other professionals who work in the data science/analytics field. This is a rare chance to learn about data related professions from alumni who are working inside the industry every day, explore various career paths in this dynamic field, and get tips for job searching as well!

Environment & Sustainability | Wed, Nov 06, 2019, 6-8pm

Join us for an opportunity to interact with alumni & professionals who share your career interests in environmental and sustainability. Find out how they develop solutions and guide society to respond to the various environmental problems we have.

BioTech Connect | Wed, Nov 13, 2019, 6:30-8pm

Is a career in the biotech/biomedical industry possibly in your future? Interested in learning more about the industry, what's available, and how to get your foot in the door from alumni who have walked the walk and now work in the industry? Join us for an evening of networking with professionals ready to share their career stories and advice.

Spring 2020

Tech for Good | Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 5-7pm

Find out about the nexus of technology and social impact! Meet with individuals working in technical roles at social impact oriented organizations/companies, in both nonprofit and for-profit capacities. Examples: Education Technology, Healthcare, CleanTech, NGO's, etc.

UI/UX & Graphic Design | Wed, Feb 05, 2020, 5-7pm

Considering a future career at the nexus of design and technology? Interested in how you might apply your visual design, research, or strategy skills in the current job market?Join us for this casual, interactive event with working professionals in UI/UX and graphic design to learn more about industry roles in this space, tips for achieving success, and strategies for the job search!

Marketing & Media | Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 6-8pm

Whether you want to be involved in communicating a creative vision or “just the facts,” join us for an opportunity to learn what it’s like to work in fields such as public relations, market research, advertising, media planning, social media, film, TV, radio, journalism and publishing. Get a taste of myriad career options through casual networking with Cal alumni & professionals.

Product Management | Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 6-8pm

Imagine what it would be like taking products, especially complex products to market and then keeping them up to date. Product Management covers the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for that product or product line. It may also include marketing, forecasting, and profit and loss (P&L) responsibilities. If high tech isn’t your thing, the same skills and techniques as used to create and develop the consumer packaged goods you see in the grocery store. As a profession the demand continues to grow.

Imagine no more – come discover reality by meeting and talking with alums and other product management professional. Be prepared to ask questions like: What does a day look like for you? What do you like about your job? What do you NOT like about your job? What are some things I can do to prepare to be a future product manager?

Education & Non-Profit | Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 5-7pm

Are you interested in careers where you can make a positive social impact? Come explore the possibilities through an evening of casual conversations with Cal alums and other professionals working in the Education and Nonprofit fields. All majors are welcome.

Health Professions | Thu, Mar 05, 2020, 6-8pm

Come explore the range of professions in healthcare through casual conversations with Cal alumni and professionals. Learn about the different career paths where you can have an impact on improving the health and lives of others. Get answers to questions such as: What exactly is the scope of practice of a physician? What does an osteopathic physician do?  What does a physician assistant do and how is that different than a nurse or nurse practitioner? How did they choose their career?

Sports Industry | Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 6-8pm

The sports industry in North America is expected to reach $75.7 billion by 2020, with media rights and sponsorship deals driving much of this growth. From sports management to coaching, sales to events, opportunities to work in this dynamic industry are vast. Seize the opportunity to get into this game by coming to Career Connections: Sports Industry and learn from professionals about what it's like to work in the field.

Co-sponsored by Cal Intercollegiate Athletics

Esports & Gaming Industries | Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 6-8pm

In collaboration with Cal Esports and the Business Careers in Entertainment Club, the Career Center & Cal Alumni Association present to you the first Career Connections event focused entirely on careers in Esports and Gaming! Join us for this casual networking event to meet Cal alumni & professionals who work in a wide variety of roles within these two budding industries. Alumni & professionals will be announced at a later date, but we expect a large diversity of roles to be represented, from business to design to engineering, and more. Gain insider knowledge about career options and create meaningful connections that could lead to a future internship or job!