Career Pathways Week

Interested in pursuing diverse career options? After Grad: Career Pathways Week is a week-long professional development event that supports graduate students and postdocs taking the first step in post-graduation career exploration. Learn how to frame and apply skills already acquired in graduate school, build professional networks, and become informed and prepared for the job market. Graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines are welcome to join us.

February 8-11, 2021


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Monday, February 8, 2021 | 1 - 1:50pm
Identify and Leverage Your Transferable Skills

Join us to learn how to identify your transferable skills developed during graduate studies and how to leverage them for a non-academic position. This workshop is presented by the Career Center.

Monday, February 8, 2021 | 3 - 3:50pm
CV to Resume Workshop

Graduate Writing Center Coordinator Christina Trujillo will discuss the basics of resume writing, with a specific focus on how to effectively communicate information and experience from the standard Curriculum Vitae to a resume. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 10 - 11:20am
Where Are They Now? STEM Panel

Career transitions after graduate school are rarely singular or linear. Hear from a panel of diverse UCR graduate student alumni from STEM about their pathways from their PhD degree to a non-academic career. Here are the panelists who will be joining us: 

  • Fabian Villalobos (Associate Engineer at RAND Corporation)
  • Vashishtha "VJ" Bhatt (Analyst at Deloitte)
  • Nolan Ung (Data Manager at Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC )
  • Pedro Piqueras (Air Quality Specialist and Environmental Engineer at South Coast Air Quality Management District)
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 2:30 - 3:50pm
Where Are They Now? HASS Panel

Career transitions after graduate school are rarely singular or linear. Hear from a panel of diverse UCR graduate student alumni from the humanities, social sciences, and arts about their pathways from their PhD degree to a non-academic career. Here are the panelists who will be joining us: 

  • Giulia Hoffman (Associate Director, Graduate Career Development at UCSD Career Center)
  • Jacob Gray (Senior Research Analyst at Acadience Learning)
  • Jen Aubrecht (QA Operations Lead at Standard Cognition)
  • Thomas Robles (Intern in the Office of Assembly Member Eloise Gómez Reyes)
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 11 - 11:50am
How to Ace your Virtual Job Interview

Interviews do not have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Learn tips for presenting yourself well during virtual interviews. Join Dr. Annika Speer to learn how to be a more confident interviewee.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 2 - 2:50pm
Resume Clinic

Work directly with Graduate Writing Center consultants to transfer skills, accomplishments, and experience from your CV to a resume and make yourself a compelling job candidate. Bring copies of both CV and resume to receive personalized, constructive feedback. Space is limited. 

Note: If you need to cancel your participation in the clinic after you sign up for it, we kindly ask that you email us at by 9am on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 so that your space could be made available for another attendee. If you sign up for and then miss the clinic without canceling it, it will count as a missed writing consultation in the Graduate Writing Center.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 3 - 4pm
Coffee Social

This session will be hosted by GradSuccess and the Career Center. Join us for a virtual coffee social to check in and talk to the Career Center staff to find out how they can help you with your job application process.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 1 - 2:20pm
Networking 101

Join UCR Career Center, Office of Alumni Engagement, and graduate alumni to learn how to successfully build and maintain a professional network. Learn tools available for you through the Office of Alumni Engagement, and practice networking by talking to UCR graduate alumni. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 3 - 3:50pm
Keynote Address: You Are Meant for the World: How Graduate Students/Postdocs Can Strategically Find Their Joy, Agency, and Career Path in an Age of COVID

Our keynote speaker this year will be Naledi Saul, Director of the Office of Career & Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco. 

After working with thousands of graduate students and postdocs, Naledi has identified three core best practices to guide anyone engaging in career exploration, as well as the tangible steps to manage the internal and external barriers that prevent many from implementing them. She also discusses two new "How do I?" questions that many students and postdocs are currently grappling with: "How do I explore careers and build my professional community in an age of COVID?" and "How do I find organizations and individuals that are truly committed to inclusion?"  Using real-world examples, practical strategies, and a dose of humor, Naledi lays out a vision of what it means to skillfully navigate one's career with integrity.

Speaker bio: Naledi Saul, MPM
Naledi Saul outside of a building with plants behind her, smiling to the camera
Naledi Saul, MPM

As the Director of the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development, Naledi has 20+ experience helping graduate students and postdocs successfully navigate their careers. Additionally, she is a co-PI on NSF grant designed to train future life sciences faculty and leaders to inclusively supervise, train and mentor, and teach historically excluded populations to skillfully assess and negotiate educational and professional spaces. At the core of her work is the belief that a rewarding career is mapped by making decisions and developing strategies based on one's own professional integrity and personal identity.

Naledi is nationally recognized for her work and has presented at national meetings, including NIH, ASM, ABRCMS and FASEB. Her NSF-funded Inclusive Workplace Training program was spotlighted in California Life Sciences Association's 2020 Virtual Pantheon "Recognizing Progress in an Unprecedented Year." She is also a recipient of the UCSF Chancellor's Award for Diversity-Advancement of Women Leaders and the Chancellor's Award for Exceptional University Management. Naledi holds a Master of Public Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Spelman College.

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