As a faculty or staff member, you play a critical role in the student development process by supporting educational growth and guiding students to make informed decisions about their futures. Although many students navigate their way to Career Services independently, you may be the first to recognize that a student needs help and turns to you for guidance.
In partnership with faculty and staff, we share a mutual goal in supporting students, and we believe that educating students about careers requires a campus-wide effort. Use this page to review key information and services to prepare students for success inside and outside of the classroom.
Get to Know Career Services
How We Help Students
Many people have a vague idea of what Career Services does for students, but few know the full story. Here are some key points of interest:
- Check out Our Team for an overview of staff specialty areas.
- Review Career Paths, curated by our Career Education staff, which focus on popular occupational areas in which our students express interest.
- Share our upcoming Events with your students, which include career fairs, employer information sessions, recruitment mixers, professional development workshops, and more.
- See complete details on how we serve Students and learn About our impact.
Request a Workshop
Lectures for Your Class
We love to present to your students, either at your location or in our location (virtual available), depending on availability. Topics range from writing resumes and cover letters, to finding jobs and internships, to applying to graduate school, to interpreting career assessments, and more.
We encourage all requests to be submitted as early as possible, with two weeks' notice and multiple date options provided. While we do our best to coordinate around your needs, we cannot guarantee all requests. Click the button below to submit a form via your UCSB Google account.
Looking to host a viewing of an on-demand virtual workshop for your course or group? Check out our Virtual Workshop Series on Youtube!
Explore Handshake and Post Jobs
The Premium Platform for Gauchos to Find Work
We encourage faculty and staff to utilize Handshake to see what positions are available to UCSB students, register for on-campus recruiting events, and post a part-time job, full-time job, or internship.
How to Gain "Student" Access to Handshake: Submit a Request for a Student Account >>
How to Create an Employer Account and Post Position(s) for Your Department:.
You will need a User Account in order to login and use Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new
Fill out the Handshake Registration form using your UCSB email address and click Sign Up. Do not use a public email address such as Gmail.
After you create your User Account, Handshake will ask you to connect to your Employer (i.e., department). If an Employer already exists in Handshake for your department, type your department's name OR at least "UCSB" and one word in your department's name, and review the generated search list of existing UCSB departments associated with Handshake. You will need to select YOUR department's name, NOT UCSB or UCSB Career Services.
If you see your department, select it and continue. Once you select your department, your User Account must be approved by an existing department staff member on Handshake.
If you do NOT see your department in the extended list, select Create New Company and enter your department name using one of the following formats:
- UCSB Department of ______
- UCSB Office of _____
- UCSB _____
You will be asked to enter information to create your department's profile page. This can be updated at a later time, but it should eventually be filled out.
If you are joining an existing Employer account for your department, it should already be connected to UCSB. If you created your Employer account for your department, your last step should be to connect your Employer account to UCSB. Use the search bar to find University of California, Santa Barbara and click the + button to connect with us.
You can take this opportunity to connect with other campuses as well. Once we review your connection request, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your account is active at UCSB. The same process will occur at the other universities you connect with.
Should you have questions throughout this transition, training documents and videos can be found on Handshake's Employer Support page. Before school starts each fall, we host weekly trainings on how to use Handshake for faculty and staff.
- LOGIN: You can now login to Handshake using your UCSB email address and the password you set.
- POST A JOB: Click on Jobs in the left column under Postings. On the Handshake Jobs page, click the Create Job button. Once you have filled in the required fields in each of the tabbed sections (Basics, Details, Preferences, Schools; at minimum choose UCSB), click Create. Learn more about jobs, student applications, and closing your job posting.
- REVIEW: Your job posting will then be reviewed and approved/declined by Career Services.
- RECEIVE APPLICATIONS: Review the student applications as they come in and close the posting when you are satisfied with the applicant pool.
- SHARE: It is now time to spread the word! Every posting in Handshake has a unique URL that takes viewers who are logged into Handshake directly to your job description. If you would like to make the URL publicly viewable to share via email and social media, you can add the text /share_preview to the end of your job posting URL.
For additional details about posting jobs to Handshake, visit our Post a Position information for recruiters. Additionally, please review our Recruiting Policies on posting jobs, paid internships, and unpaid internships.
Partner on Programs
Career Services has partnered with many staff and faculty in recent years to create innovative solutions that blend students' academics and careers. Past examples include the Liberal Arts Career Retreat with the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Pizza and Knowledge with College of Letters & Science, Finance Night with Finance Connection and the Department of Economics, and Tacos and Success with College of Engineering.
To partner with us on your students' custom needs, please contact our Associate Director of Career Education.
Subscribe to Career Path Emails
We send regular emails to students based on several areas of career interest. If you would like to join the recipient list for one or more of these areas, please email your request to the Career Counselor who oversees your Career Path(s) of interest.
Support Your Student Community
Community Liaisons at Career Services
Do you work closely with a specific student community at UCSB? Reach out to one of our Community Liaisons to collaborate on initiatives that support the career development of your students. Let's join together to foster a future workforce grounded in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Students of Color
Students With Disabilities
Join the Experiential Education Group
Campus Community for Faculty and Staff
Do you have a passion for helping students find experiential opportunities and wish to work with other staff and faculty who share the same mission? Join the Experiential Education Group (EEG) by contacting our Internship & Experience Manager today!
To develop and promote experiential education across UCSB in order to increase awareness and accessibility for all students to take part in experiential opportunities, as well as educate staff and faculty on related policy issues.
EEG is a group of UCSB staff and faculty (including: academic advisors, career counselors, program directors, internship coordinators, instructors, etc.) dedicated to promoting experiential educational programs that engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop students' capacity to contribute to their communities. Additionally, EEG aims to help inform staff of UC, state and national regulations pertaining to experiential education in order to help departments stay in compliance in relation to these opportunities.
1. Up-to-date awareness of issues surrounding experiential education
- Internal UCSB updates on different departments and programs
- Knowledge of current legal issues and court cases
- National updates pertaining to experiential education
2. Best practice sharing
- Information on the latest tools and technology
- Referrals and collaborations with other departments/offices both on and off of campus
- Sharing of potential funding opportunities for programs
3. Advocacy and outreach
- Connecting with other constituents across campus to promote experiential education
- Researching and implementing ways to increase student accessibility to experiential opportunities
- To promote diversity and inclusion in our efforts and in experiential education campus-wide
Attend the Gaucho Career Advising Program
How to Become a Career Advocate
We are proud to partner with advisors from across campus to offer the Gaucho Career Advising Program (GCAP). This program is designed as a professional development opportunity for advisors and other campus advocates to gain knowledge regarding the vocational development of students and the best ways to help them tackle career-related issues and decisions.
GCAP provides an opportunity for advisors to advance their knowledge base, gain information on pertinent resources, and develop best practices in relation to general advising regarding careers.
Join us to further explore advising competencies on career-related topics and help students gain earlier access to career development and planning!
"As an academic advisor, I see a lot of anxiety from students about how their academic choices will impact their future. Will a humanities major lead to job? Should those who want to go into a certain field take on a minor? GCAP not only gave me better tools with which to tackle these questions, but prepared me to make informed referrals and lead conversations about career and grad school preparation even when students don’t know what to ask." -B
"GCAP was an extremely useful program. I gained valuable insight on how to work with students who come in asking about life after graduation. I feel more comfortable asking them questions and exploring their interests before sending them to Career Services. Another enjoyable part of the program was the collaboration among staff from various departments. It was a great opportunity to learn advising techniques from my fellow colleagues. I encourage all advisors to take time out of their busy schedules to attend GCAP. You will not regret it!" -C
The program is divided into three sessions:
Session 1: The Career Development Process and Career Exploration
Session 2: Reframing the Ideas Behind Majors, Careers, and Graduate School
Session 3: Gaining Career Advising Competency
Once all three sessions are complete, program participants receive a certificate of program completion.
Leverage Our Informational Resources
Pointing Students in the Right Direction
We empower students to prepare for their future by consulting powerful sources of knowledge. With access to reliable resources and self-paced, on-demand digital content, Gauchos make informed decisions and move forward with confidence.
- Explore our website for your students' career development needs
- Browse by Starter Topics and Specialized Topics
- Access our Digital Resources Toolkit for Vault, IBISWorld, GoinGlobal, and more
M–F 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Call for hours during university breaks
Closed during official university holidays
See Students page for service-specific hours
Phone and Email
Career Services, Bldg. 599
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California 93106-7140
Career Services is located in Building 599, the pink building next to Storke Tower
Directions and Parking
See Visit UCSB and Campus Maps; convenient parking in Lot 22 (permit required)