Career Development Workshops

Update: Consistent with guidance from campus and public health officials to encourage social distancing to limit the community spread of the coronavirus, all staff career development workshops and career coaching sessions will be held remotely until further notice. Registrants will be sent a link to participate online.

Fall 2021 Workshop Series & Flyers

Download, print and share the Fall 2021 Staff Career Development Printable Flyer, and the Fall 2021 NOW Encore Series Printable 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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LinkedIn Basics

Wed., 8/25/21,12:30 - 2 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. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

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

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Informational Interviewing

Wed., 9/1/21, 12:30 – 2 pm

Thinking about a career move? Have questions about the field or how to get there? Expand your career strategy toolkit by learning how to conduct effective informational interviews.Registrants will be sent a Zoom  link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

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

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The Skills You Bring

Wed., 9/22/21, 12 - 2 pm

The skills you enjoy and feel confident about contribute to strong performance and job satisfaction. Explore your transferable skills – the ones that support your career mobility and adaptability. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near

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

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LinkedIn II: Maximize Your Online Professional Presence

Thurs., 9/30/21, 1 – 2 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. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

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

Achieve Together – Preparing Yourself for the Process

Wed., 10/6/21, 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. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

Presenters: Colin Gerker, Consultant, Organization Development & Learning Design, People & Culture, and Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead, People & Culture 

Resumes that Lead to Interviews

Thurs., 10/7/21, 12:30 – 2 pm

The purpose of a resume is to help you land the interview. Create a resume that gets attention and results. You will learn current best practices on how to effectively communicate your skills and fit for a job of interest. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

Presenter: Linda Lundberg, Transition Services Lead, People & Culture 

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Networking for Career Success

Thurs., 10/14/21, 1 – 2:30 pm

Up to 85% of job searchers have reported networking as one of the most important elements to landing a job. Many people dread the concept of networking for their job search for fear of asking for something or appearing needy. If you can relate, then join us for this workshop where we will help you reframe the concept of networking and offer strategies to help you feel more confident and empowered to connect.
Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

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

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Design Thinking: Tools to Build Your Career

Thurs., 11/4/21, 10 am – 12 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.
Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

Presenter: Rebecca Andersen, Director of Career Services and Alumni Relations, School of Information, and Julie McShane, Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations, Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

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Work Style and Your Career (MBTI)

Thurs., 11/18/21, 3 - 4:30 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. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

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

NEW! Get in Gear for a Breakthrough Year! Career Planning Forum

Get in Gear for a Breakthrough Year in Your Career!

Wed., 12/1/21, 3 - 4:30 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.

Presenter:  Lisa Rykert, Career & Professional Development Lead, People & Culture

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Interests in Life & Work

Thurs., 12/16/21, 1:30 – 3 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. 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. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and bCal invite as the virtual workshop date draws near.

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

Fall 2021 NOW Encore Series

We have expanded the NOW Conference to offer a series of post-conference career development workshops for staff. Presented by internal and external subject matter experts, these live, virtual workshops will be smaller in audience size than the full day NOW Conference and are structured to invite deeper engagement. 

Each NOW Encore Series workshop will be recorded and posted on the NOW Conference website for broader viewing access.

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

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Redefining Rest & Productivity

Thurs., 9/2/21, 12:30 - 2 pm

Are you constantly trying to be more productive? Do you find yourself feeling like you can never ever get enough done? While also nodding along to messages of rest promotion and self-care, but not really taking time to give that to yourself? This is because you have defined rest and productivity all wrong. Our unexamined definitions of productivity and rest have been largely influenced by socialization, including systems of oppression such as white supremacy, capitalism, and the patriarchy. And how we define and think about these concepts, drives how we integrate them into our lives. In this workshop, participants will begin to examine their unconscious beliefs around what productivity and rest means, examine how socialization has impacted their thinking, and begin to understand how these unconscious beliefs drive their experiences of productivity and rest. Participants will gain tools to help them to change their thinking around productivity and rest that will empower them to begin prioritizing rest to be more productive.

Presenter:  Marissa McKool, Executive Director, UC Berkeley School of Public Health - Wallace Center for MCAH and Founder McKool Coaching

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Finding Zen in Chaos

Thurs., 9/8/21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

There is no denying that the last year and a half has been a year of loss, grief, and chaos with covid-19, racism, and the elections. How can professionals in academia who are service oriented take care of themselves during these challenging times? What tools and practices do you need to continue to manage your life and career? During this interactive workshop, you will: Examine the challenges you are currently facing. Learn mindfulness tools to help you manage your current challenges. Discover the one game changer that can make the biggest impact in your life and career. 

Presenter:  Samorn Selim, Founder and Creative Joy Director, Career Unicorns

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Pocket Full of Stories: Career Perspective Through Story - Finding, Telling, and Listening

Wed., 10/20/21, 3 - 4:30 pm

This highly interactive workshop moves through a story approach to career, from story finding, through story listening, and finally story telling. It will begin with a brief exercise that reveals work values, moving into a free-writing exercise that gets participants actively engaged in story finding. By putting their work values into conversation with the memories, projects, and collaborations which comprise the lived experience of work, participants are able to gain some perspective on themselves as professionals. With a better appreciation for the breadth and depth of their own experience, tellers are better equipped to communicate this information to others in their stories. Next, with a partner, participants will share some of the stories they found and listeners will give feedback. Receiving and providing feedback offers additional perspective in uncovering connections and broader patterns within and across experiences, including where, when, and how aspects of work values are embodied. Finally, the workshop will conclude with an exploration of linguistic tools that make stories perform even better: tools for effective narrative structure that take advantage of ordering, framing, perspective, and story focus to help stories DO more in interaction.

Presenters:  Anna Marie Trester, PhD, Story Researcher, Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator, and Katie Nelson, PhD, Language, Culture, Identity and Education Consultant

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Hello, Wise Self! Connect with your Inner Wisdom for Career Clarity and Action

Thurs., 10/28/21, 3 - 5 pm

Are you looking for greater fulfillment in your work or personal life? This experiential workshop will move through a seven-chakra somatic experience to help you connect with your inner wisdom. It will provide tools to clarify your personal and professional development vision and goals and cultivate a greater sense of agency in making decisions and taking action. Dinorah will guide participants through a series of activities to help them access their inner strengths, desires, creativity, personal power and self-compassion, recognize their sources of support, identify where they want to make an impact and what they want to communicate to others, tune into their intuition and sense of purpose, and allow for the possibility sometimes of letting go of control and going with the flow. It is suggested that you dress comfortably and find a quiet, private place to limit distractions during this workshop, which will include gentle physical, mindfulness and journaling practices. 

Presenter:  Dinorah Meyer, MS, NCC, RYT, Assistant Director/Career Counselor, UC Berkeley Career Center, and Yoga Teacher

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Dante and the Art of Work: Revitalizing Your Career Journey with "The Divine Comedy"

Thurs., 12/2/21, 11:30 am - 1 pm

Building on a session presented at the 2021 NOW Conference, this staff career development workshop will look to Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, for inspiration to revitalize our professional lives. The poem depicts the journey of a person who, with the help of some key friends, finds his way from uncertainty to freedom while traversing the realms of the afterlife: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. We will explore the work performed in each of these territories and the themes they suggest, such as reflection, resilience, and agency. This workshop will offer an introduction to a medieval poem that has fascinated readers for over seven hundred years. Together we will draw on its innate wisdom that can support us and help us design our own professional journeys. Artistic renderings of the poem will be used to accommodate multiple learnings styles, and attendees will break out into small groups for reflection exercises that require no previous knowledge of the poem. All are welcome! 

Presenter:  Nicole Pagano, MA, Chief of Staff to Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley Department of Physics

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You are a Berkeley Changemaker! ™ - The Conversation

Wed., 12/8/21, 1 - 2 pm

This Berkeley Changemaker series will focus on excerpts from the book, The Conversation – How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations, by Dr. Robert Livingston. Dr. Livingston will join us as a special guest for this conversation!

Presenters: Rich Lyons, Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer & former Dean of Berkeley Haas, and Laura Hassner, Co-Instructor, The Berkeley Changemaker

Special Guest: Dr. Robert Livingston, Author & Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University

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