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. Through this process, you can develop a professional community. Once you know your career direction, you may receive job leads and tips from this professional community that can support your career success.
- Informational interviewing – A form of networking that involves connecting 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 resource that is useful to find and connect with alumni and industry professionals
- 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
- Meet with a Career Counselor to create a strategy to connect with alumni and professionals and develop and strengthen a LinkedIn profile.
- Events Calendar can be way to connect with alumni and employers who can provide information and resources to help you access opportunities
- Externships are short-term job shadow opportunities that can connect you to professionals