Watch recordings of Winter 2023 career workshops hosted by Vay Cao

by Graduate Division Staff
Tuesday, May 02, 2023 9:28 AM

During Winter 2023, visiting Graduate Career Consultant Vay Cao, founder of Free the PhD, hosted a number of virtual workshops on various topics related to graduate student professional development. These workshops were all recorded and are available to stream through your UCSB Google Account. Follow the links below to access the recordings!

Graduate Career Chat: How to Get a Job in Public Policy
Originally held Jan 18, 2023

The knowledge and skills that PhDs possess are highly sought after at all levels of government and public policy. But how do you get started in a career in policy? What exactly do you do in a policy-focused job? What does a career path in policy look like?

We'll discuss these and more with Dr. Tepring Piquado, Senior Director of State and Local Government Relations for the Western U.S. Dr. Piquado got her start outside academia as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the California State Senate and from there has moved into many different roles including Chief Policy Director as well as CEO and Co-founder of a public charity. Join us to dive into her journey and together pull out actionable lessons to inform your own career plans.

Dissecting the Non-Academic Job Market: Job Titles & More
Originally held Jan 25, 2023

When looking for jobs to apply for, the first thing many people do is search for job titles. However, the job titles employers use are often vague and uninformative. How do you figure out what a role is really about? How do you find job titles matching the work you want to do? This workshop will help you understand how to dissect the job market with a structured framework so that you can quickly interpret a job title and description to determine if an open role is a good fit for you.

Graduate Career Chat: How to Get a Job in Government
Originally held Feb 17, 2023

Curious what it's like to work in the government? Join us for a guided career conversation with special guest Arturo Gonzalez, a PhD economist with over 25 years of experience in academia, government, and industry. Dr. Gonzalez will discuss their career journey from academia into the world of government life.

Build Your Brand Before You Need a Job: Why and How
Originally held March 1, 2023

When you apply for jobs and go on interviews, you are selling a product: yourself! Learn the steps to building a brand for yourself on LinkedIn and through developing a portfolio of work, to help qualify you for jobs of interest and stand out from the crowd.

Graduate Career Chat: How to Get a Job in Communications, Marketing, or PR
Originally held March 15, 2023

Curious what it's like to work in a communications-related field? Join us for a guided career conversation with Erin Rebhan, Head of Strategic Communications for the Homeland Security Research Division on their career journey from academia into a career in managing communications. Erin is a communications leader with nearly 20 years' experience in national security, defense, and homeland security.