As some Bruins face employment uncertainty and financial hardship in these difficult times, alumni experts are providing professional guidance through a series of Career Conversations on topics ranging from job searching to small business loans to COVID-19 issues in the workplace. Pick up some valuable advice that may help inform your next move.
Effective Job Search Strategies During a Pandemic
Speakers and Topic
Interviewer: Katie Russo, Director of Alumni Career Engagement, UCLA Alumni Affairs
Emily Turner Baxt ’92, Principal at Baxt Consulting and Career Counselor
They discussed what job search strategies and networking resources to utilize during COVID-19, how to manage expectations, and how to take action steps even through this time of transition.
“Having informational interviews can really help keep your motivation up for the job search because … you start realizing, okay this person did it, I’m going to be able to do it and they may be able to help me.”
“In terms of networking, definitely look into professional organizations in your industry or in your field. Organizations are moving their events online just like the rest of the world and that could be a great opportunity to connect with someone.”
“For people who are looking to make a career pivot, it’s important to do a gap analysis. Where are you right now? Where do you want to be? What do you need to do to accomplish that? What skills do you need to learn? Perhaps you need additional education or is your transferable skills enough?”
The Real Scoop on Small Business Funding
Speakers and Topic
Moderator: Cheryl M. Lott ’01, J.D. ’04, of Buchalter, Chair of the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors
Jaime Nack ’98, M.P.P. ’02, President of Three Squares Inc., Former Appointee to National Women’s Business Council, Small Business Owner and UCLA Alumni Association Board Member
Jesse Torres ’98, Principal at ArroyoWest LLC, Previously California’s State Small Business Advocate and Deputy Director of Small Business in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Michael Flynn, Member of Buchalter’s Commercial Finance Practice Group and Mortgage Banking Group, and Co-Chair of Buchalter’s Financial Services Regulatory Group
This session featured a roundtable of legal experts and small business owners discussing eligibility and forgiveness requirements for federal programs, grant opportunities and action steps to address the concerns of small business owners.
“Keep in mind that just because you are getting aid from one program doesn’t mean that you can’t apply for another, as long as you’re not double dipping on exactly the same expenses.” Michael Flynn
“Plan for different scenarios in the coming months, so that you have a solid plan of action depending on which scenario comes to fruition. You and your business will be better off if you make thoughtful, strategic plans now, thus avoiding hasty, costly decisions later on.” – Jaime Nack
“There’s going to be a lot of fraud out there and people trying to take advantage of you so don’t just say things. Be very careful as far as the resources you tap into. Make sure that it is a legitimate website being provided by the state or agency. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t right.”
Issues Regarding COVID-19 in the Workplace
Speakers and Topic
Interviewer: Katie Russo, Director of Alumni Career Engagement, UCLA Alumni Affairs/li>
Angela Reddock-Wright, J.D. ’95, Founding and Managing Partner of the Reddock Law Group
UCLA School of Law alumna Angela Reddock-Wright, Esq shared her employment law and human resources expertise to discuss COVID-19 considerations and implications in the workplace for individuals, business owners, independent contractors, etc. The conversation covered important human resources impacts on companies and how you can ensure you are adapting well to new expectations and our changing workplace.
“If you feel unseen, start a conversation with your manager or supervisor in a non-adversarial way to give them an opportunity to be responsive and to create a culture in this remote working environment.”