Career Development Workshops

Staff career development workshops and career coaching sessions continue to be held remotely. Registrants will be sent a link to participate online.   

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in any Grow Your Career staff programs or services, please contact Lisa Rykert at lrykert@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible, and at least 7 - 10 days in advance of a program or service offering.

Fall 2022 Workshops

Download, print and share the Fall 2022 Staff Career Development Flyer.

These workshops help UC Berkeley staff develop clarity and action plans to connect their interests and abilities with career opportunities. All fall offerings will be held virtually via Zoom.

To register, click on workshop titles below or log in to the UC Learning Center and search by title.

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Cover Letter Writing Practice Lab

Thurs., 8/4/22, 11:30 - 1 pm

Here’s a common scenario: You come across an ideal job posting and you’re eager to apply. However, you feel stuck because you want to write that standout cover letter to communicate that you are the most skilled and enthusiastic candidate for the role. Yet, you are not sure how to best focus your message. In this experiential practice lab, we will review the purpose and elements of compelling cover letters. We will share examples and guide you through writing your own exceptional draft cover letter. For optimal engagement, please come to this practice lab with a selected job posting of your choice that you would like to use as the focus for your cover letter draft.

Presenters: Linda Lundberg, Transition Services Lead, People & Culture and Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead, People & Culture

Resume Writing Practice Lab

Resume Writing Practice Lab

Thurs., 8/11/22, 11:30 – 1 pm

You know your skills and experience are a great match for that job you applied for and you didn’t even get invited to an interview. It’s also important to know that on average recruiters spend 7.4 seconds scanning a resume before they decide yes or no on the next step (source: Ladders, 2018). In this experiential practice lab, we will review strategies and give you time and guidance to effectively format and tailor your resume to help you stand out and get the interview. For optimal engagement, please come to this practice lab with a selected job posting of your choice that you would like to use as the focus for your resume draft.

Presenters: Linda Lundberg, Transition Services Lead, People & Culture and Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead, People & Culture

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Interests in Life & Work

Wed., 8/17/22, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

The term “interests” has very specific meaning in career development. Clarify how your interests influence the work you enjoy through the Strong Interest Inventory assessment. Explore how interests relate to job families and opportunities on campus. PRE-WORK REQUIRED. Instructions for taking the Strong Interest Inventory (at least 3 days in advance) will be sent in your registration confirmation.

Presenter: Chris McLean, Ph.D. Assistant Director, Career and Academic Programs, University Health Services

Achieve Together – Preparing Yourself for the Process

Wed., 8/24/22, 12:30 – 4:30 pm

This offering for non-represented employees will provide an overview of the Achieve Together performance program. This interactive workshop will also include planning and practice activities such as creating and communicating goals, engaging in productive check-in conversations, and optimizing your coachability, to prepare you to fully engage in your own performance development process with your manager.

Presenters: Colin Gerker-Junsay, Sr. Talent Strategy Partner, People & Culture, Jan Crosby-Taylor, Assistant Director of Foundational Skills Development, and Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead, People & Culture

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LinkedIn Basics

Thurs., 9/29/22, 12 – 1:30 pm

LinkedIn is a great tool for establishing an online presence, conducting career research, and facilitating connection with other professionals. This workshop addresses the basics to help you set up a complete and effective LinkedIn profile.

Presenters: Esha Bharati, Talent Acquisition Advisor, and Miah Compton, Talent Acquisition Advisor

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Work Style and Your Career (MBTI)

Thurs., 11/3/22, 12 – 1:30 pm

It’s no surprise that people like to approach tasks differently. Understanding your preferences and those associated with various work roles can help you make informed effective choices. This workshop uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). PRE-WORK REQUIRED. Instructions for taking the MBTI (at least 3 days in advance) will be sent in your registration confirmation. 

Presenter: Kate Zuby, Career Counseling Outreach Coordinator, University Health Services

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Design Thinking: Skills to Build Your Career

Wed., 11/16/22, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Feeling stuck? Unsure about your next career step? Curious about how to get started in a new field or role? This workshop employs design thinking to explore how you can create a sustainable life and work where you thrive. Learn tools to help you navigate your career path, get unstuck, and try out easy changes to increase your wellbeing and satisfaction at work.

Presenters: Rebecca Andersen, Senior Director of Student & Alumni Career Development, Berkeley School of Information, and Julie McShane, Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations, Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

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The Skills You Bring

Wed., 11/30/22, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and job satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones you enjoy that support your career mobility, adaptability and satisfaction.

Presenter: Kate Zuby, Career Counseling Outreach Coordinator, University Health Services

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LinkedIn II: Maximize Your Online Professional Presence

Thurs., 12/8/22, 11:30am – 12:30 pm

Make sure your LinkedIn profile is serving you by understanding how to best communicate to your target audience. This workshop is a chance to incorporate tips from a UC Berkeley Talent Acquisition Advisor. We encourage you to login in to LinkedIn and view your profile to assess and apply what you learn during this workshop.

Presenter: Tara Hertstein, Talent Acquisition Advisor, People & Culture

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Get in Gear for a Breakthrough Year in Your Career!

Thurs., 12/15/22, 11:30 am – 1 pm

During this experiential workshop, participants will explore current workplace trends, in-demand skills and resources, complete a career self- assessment, identify career drivers that support job satisfaction, and integrate insights to create a plan of action to support a breakthrough year.

Presenters: Linda Lundberg, Transition Services Lead, People & Culture, and Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead, People & Culture


Fall 2022 NOW Encore Series- Coming Soon! 

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