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Career Connection

Career Connection

Career Connection helps UC San Diego employees interested in assistance with career planning, goal setting, job enhancement, and lateral or upward mobility.


All UC San Diego staff employees are eligible to join Career Connection. Register online.

Free services

The following free career development services are available to UC San Diego employees who are part of the Career Connection program:

Career Development Workshops

Career development workshops (PDF) provide the knowledge and tools required for successful career planning. Check out our workshop calendar.

Visit UC Learning Center (login required) and search for “Career Connection” to enroll in upcoming workshops at these locations:

  • Hillcrest Medical Center
  • Health System - La Jolla
  • School of Medicine
  • SIO
  • UC San Diego campus

Staff Mentorship Program

The Staff Mentorship Program matches employees with mentors who can provide career assistance based on specific interests and experiences.

SkillScan Online: Drive & Express versions

SkillScan Online is an interactive and engaging process for identifying transferable skills and applying the results to:

  • Career planning
  • Career change
  • Professional development
  • Self-marketing for job search

Two versions are available: Drive and Express (designed for mobile devices).

Internship Initiative

Internship opportunities allow UC San Diego career employees to work part-time in other UC San Diego departments to obtain skills and knowledge needed for career enhancement. See Current Internships.

Informational Interview

Informational interviews can be arranged to allow research and information gathering about UC San Diego jobs and departments. To assist you, we designed this helpful Informational Interview flier (PDF) with tips on how to find someone to interview, how to request an interview, and what kinds of questions to ask.

To sign up as an information provider or to ask for a referral, contact Career Connection, (858) 822-2633, with the job title or field that you're interested in.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Consultations

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a tool help organize and target your professional and personal development in order to help you reach your short- and long-term career goals and strengthen your current job performance by providing a structured approach.  

To schedule an IDP consultation, contact Career Connection, (858) 822-2633.  

Career Consultation & Resume Review

Individual career consultations and resume reviews can help you clarify and achieve your career goals.

Mock Interview

Mock interviews are an excellent way to prepare for an upcoming interview. Here are two options:

1) To schedule an in-person mock interview, send the following to Career Connection:
  • Your resume
  • A job posting you are interested in or have applied for (a file, not a link - since those can expire)
  • What you want to work on for your interviewing skills
  • Days/times that will work for you in the next two weeks

We usually require that you take the Job Interviewing Skills (login required) workshop, or its equivalent, beforehand, since to get the most out of a mock interview you should treat it as if it were a “real” interview, rather than spending the time going over interviewing tips and techniques.

2) Do a self-serve mock interivew using the Pre- and Post-Interview module in the My UC Career portal.

All Staff Mixers

Held quarterly, UC San Diego All Staff Mixers are a chance to meet, mix and mingle with UC San Diego staff from all departments on campus. With over 7,000 staff members, you will make friends and valuable connections in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

My UC Career

My UC Career is a systemwide online self-directed portal that helps UC San Diego employees connect to resources for career management across all UC locations.
For more information, contact Career Connection, (858) 822-2633.

Career Connection is sponsored by UC San Diego Human Resources.

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Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.