CAREER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ALL ALUMNI

Our alumni community is facing unprecedented times, particularly when it comes to our professional lives. As we all navigate the current and future effects of the pandemic, we want to highlight our career-related resources available to all alumni. With nearly half a million Bruins, our alumni community is full of experiences and insights that may provide you career-related support during these changing and challenging times. Whether you had thought about doing an informational interview or attending an alumni networking event, we hope the resources below can be helpful to you or to another alumnus you know.

Strengthen your professional network through UCLA ONE.

UCLA ONE (Opportunity, Network, Experience) actively connects over 40,600 Bruins in 160 fields and industries through our free online professional community. You can network with professionals by industry or location, receive or offer mentorship, and reconnect with classmates and colleagues. Entrepreneurs can advertise their business and services or post jobs and internship openings to help Bruins. If you’re searching for new employment, the platform is a springboard for connections and job opportunities. Bruins from all over the world have expressed their willingness to help. Career coaches and experts have made themselves available to Bruins looking for guidance during this time. As you explore the UCLA One community, check out dedicated community groups within, such as First Gen, AAP, Transfers and Veterans; make it a goal to introduce yourself to a new Bruin to request an informational interview.

Career resources at your fingertips.

Professional development is a lifelong process. Lifelong learning and growth are essential to preparing yourself for new opportunities. Our Alumni Career Engagement page offers a curated list of resources and programs all aimed at empowering your success. Check out relevant professional development webinars, watch past episodes of our Bruin Career Insights series or gain insider knowledge through our Bruin Success podcast. Be sure to also join the UCLA Alumni LinkedIn group to connect with alumni and find career content and opportunities from other UCLA graduates. According to LinkedIn, 70% of people were hired at a company where they already had a connection in place.

Your network is global.

Our alumni family spans the globe. Wherever you visit, move or are thinking about moving to, you will find Bruins. Our regional networks offer virtual networking opportunities, career panels and other events and programming to bring Bruins near you together, whether in person or virtually. Our diversity and affinity networks also bring Bruins from similar identities and experiences together with events like networking nights and hiring fairs. There are also online book clubs, virtual happy hours and Zoom meetings to engage alumni from all over the world. Building a support system with Bruins that share your experiences can help you navigate your professional journey and give you relevant strategies for success. Professional groups, like Bruin Professionals, also help to support and strengthen Bruins to thrive in business by maximizing the Bruin network. These groups meet virtually throughout the week, and are able to serve their members through the pandemic. No matter where you are, don’t go at it alone. Connect virtually with Bruins in your area and make the most of your network and resources.

Paying it forward.

Bruins like you are also empowering the next generation of alumni through impactful programming. From guest lectures in remote classrooms to providing mentorship with our UCLA Alumni Mentor program, Bruins give and reach back to bring up emerging leaders. Programs like Entertainment Networking Night and Interview with a Bruin are helping students build their confidence and their networks while they are on campus. And our Partnership UCLA / Alumni Career Programs team works with academic departments and alumni to bring industry insight to students through a variety of courses and co-curricular programs all year long. There are a myriad of ways to connect with current undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in getting involved and helping the Bruin career community, fill out this interest form to let us know how you’d like to help UCLA alumni and students.

Tell us what we can do to support your career success.

As we seek to expand our alumni career resources, services and programming, we need insight from you. Please share your ideas and help inform future programming and services.

Your Bruin network is powerful. Bruins hire Bruins, and Bruins help Bruins. Whether you are in the position to ask for help or give help, start engaging today. You never know where an introduction will take you or what an answered request will bring. Opportunity and promise await.

For any questions regarding alumni career programming, contact careerprograms@alumni.ucla.edu.

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