Heidi Yu

Heidi Yu


MSW - City University of New York, Hunter College
BA, English - Barnard College

How did you get here?
My career has been a series of twists and turns. Initially, I felt pretty lost as an English major after graduating from college.  While teaching English abroad in Seoul, South Korea at Sookmyung Women’s University, I realized that I really enjoyed talking with students about their hopes and dreams during my office hours. Eventually, I worked in employment services at a community-based organization in New York, which opened my eyes to helping individuals identify their career goals and navigate the job search process. My first major role in Career Services was at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY, where I worked as a Career and Employment Specialist. Inspired by students who were pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones, I moved to the west coast in order to develop as an individual and professional. I was fortunate to land career services roles and meet wonderful colleagues at Portland State University and then San Francisco State University. As part of the UC Berkeley Career Center, I am excited to bring my experiences and skills to serve students. I am also looking forward to collaborate with dedicated staff and faculty in creating opportunities that support student professional and personal development. 

What's cool about your job?
I work with students in the College of Letters and Science. I help students learn about opportunities and options in the field of Education. What is cool about my job is that I meet great students who are hard working, motivated, and do fascinating things. I also love the fact that I am learning from students and my colleagues every day.

What's the best career advice anyone has given you?
Don’t be afraid to take on new opportunities. You may experience uncertainty or challenges, but you will also learn different things about the world and yourself as well as grow from the process. For the longest time, I wanted to move to the West Coast, but I was afraid.  I am so thankful that I took this chance. It has not been easy, but the experiences I have encountered have been rewarding in so many different ways. 

Walking and hiking in nature, trying new foods and food places, cooking, goofing around with my corgi and cat.

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