Plan for Experience

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You decided you want to get out there, get involved, and get connected, but how do you do that? What should you be thinking about? Where do you start?

The type of experience that you seek should relate to your career goals, and therefore the skills that are most relevant to those fields or occupations. Begin by clarifying your own interests through Self-Assessment and Career Exploration to research potential occupations and career paths. Evaluate your level of relevant experience, skills, and knowledge to see what new qualifications you may need. Then, consider how you would like to develop yourself to guide your next steps.

Read on to discover how to get started with gaining experience.

Begin Your Search

How to Get Started

Ready to start finding experience? There are a number of resources to you can use to begin looking for experiential opportunities, regardless of which type of opportunity you seek. Use these as needed to support your search.

Essential Resources

  • Fairs and Events: We offer one large fair in fall, winter, and spring quarter for students to network and interact with employers looking to hire UCSB students. We also feature employer information sessions, workshops, and industry panels throughout the academic year to educate students interested in pursuing these paths.
  • GoinGlobal: Provides country and city career guides, along with expert tools for finding employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities in other states and countries. Access is provided through Handshake.
  • Handshake: UCSB's premium platform for jobs, internships, work-study positions, on-campus interviews and more.
  • On-Campus Interviews (OCI): Employers come to Career Services to recruit students for jobs and internships throughout the academic year. Learn how you can participate.
  • Vault: Career management resource with information on internships, rankings, and tips for finding opportunities.

Campus and Local Resources

  • Campus Organizations - Office of Student Life (OSL): Find organizations related to your professional interests, as well as the extracurricular activities you enjoy pursuing in your spare time.
  • Community Affairs Board (CAB): Access information about community service work.
  • Education Abroad Program (EAP): Integrate study abroad into your college academic plan and explore the many internship, research, and volunteer opportunities available to EAP students abroad.
  • Greek Life - Office of Student Life (OSL): Join a fraternity or sorority to take part in activities and opportunities.
  • Leadership Development - Office of Student Life (OSL): Gain practical leadership skills and experiences through The Leadership Challenge and other events.
  • University of California, Center in Sacramento (UCCS): Take on a unique experiential learning opportunity to participate in internships, academic coursework, and observe the public policy process in our state's capital.
  • University of California, Washington Program (UCDC): Take advantage of a unique opportunity to live, work as interns, and study in our nation’s political and cultural epicenter, Washington, D.C.
  • Undergraduate Research: Look into research programs on campus and speak with faculty who specialize in areas that match your interests to inquire about possible opportunities.

Additional Resources

Learn More

Find more resources and experiential opportunities on other Gain Experience pages (for starter information) and Career Paths, Communities, or Grad Students pages (for specialized information).

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