Career Development

Career Development Workshops

Upcoming career planning and self-assessment workshops include:

Relationship-Building: Networking

Networking, the art of building alliances, is a critical skill for employees at all levels and in all job roles. It is often said, It's not what you know, but WHO you know." This maxim is not completely true - skills and knowledge are also critical for job success, but there is a ring of truth to it. Most positions are filled through referrals from employees' networks.

Self-Assessment: The Six Invaluable Factors

What is meant by “value”?  Clearly, all of us have value as human beings.  In terms of your employability, however, you could fall anywhere on a continuum from someone the world of work can’t live without to someone easily replaceable.  Today, organizations are faced with rapidly changing environments, competitive pressures globally, ever-changing technological advances, and more.  The pressure to be more innovative, productive, flexible, and sustainable has never been greater.  You probably don’t need to be told this – you know it and you’ve been experiencing it in your work life. 

Career Awareness: Trend Tracking

Career Awareness also means keeping abreast of the ever-changing directions your organization, industry, or profession is moving toward.  Establish some habits, such as bookmarking websites that discuss your industry and checking them regularly to read content.  Some examples would be the UC Berkeley News Center and industry journals such as the Chronicle of Higher Education

Career Development

Career development is a self-initiated process with support and resources provided by managers and the organization.  At Cal, we use a 5-part model of career development to help you organize your career development planning activities.  We encourage you to explore all the information, resources, and tools provided in each area of our model.  To begin your exploration, we encourage you to take the career development competencies assessment (PDF).

Goal-Setting: Resources & Tools

There are many resources available to you at UC Berkeley to help with the goal-setting phase of your career development planning. These include workshops and individual career counseling.

Skill Development: Resources & Tools

There are many resources available to you at UC Berkeley to help with the skill development phase of your career development planning. These include training and educational opportunities on and off campus; online learning opportunities; training programs for leaders, supervisors, and managers; books; videos/DVDs; and worksheets.

Self-Assessment: Resources & Tools

There are many resources available to you at UC Berkeley to help with the self-assessment phase of your career development planning. These include workshops, individual career counseling, books, and online tools.

Career Management: Resources & Tools

There are many resources available to you at UC Berkeley to help with the career management phase of your career development planning. These include workshops, books, online resources, and worksheets.

Job Search: Cover Letters

The purpose of a cover letter is to introduce you and show the prospective hiring manager and Search Committee that:

  • Your background fits their particular job and department
  • You have done your homework on the department
  • You can be an asset to the hiring manager

Use the cover letter to expand on points from your resume that you feel are especially noteworthy or relevant.

Always include a cover letter along with a resume.

Prepare an original cover letter for each position - NOT a form letter.