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Career Connection

Career Connection

Career Connection helps UC San Diego employees who are 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

Career Connection is a free, comprehensive career development program for UC San Diego staff. It provides information and tools to assist you in achieving greater job satisfaction, current job enhancement and lateral or upward career mobility. All UC San Diego staff employees, retirees and individuals on lay-off status are eligible to join Career Connection.

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 held via Zoom, or in-person as we are able.

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).

Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program (SEOEP)

The Staff Equal Opportunity Enrichment Program (SEOEP) provides training and career development funds, to staff members as individuals or departments, who are working towards promotion or advancement in their current positions here at UC San Diego. Individuals can apply for awards up to a maximum of $500. Departments can apply for awards up to a maximum of $5,000.

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.  

Quick Career Consultations & Resume Assistance

Individual quick career consultations and/or resume assistance 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) Do a self-serve mock interview using the Pre- and Post-Interview module in the My UC Career portal.

2) 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.

Professional and Career Development Drop-in Chats

This is the place to ask your questions about professional and career development, or just hang out and listen. Come and go during the hour, it’s like office hours.

Held the third Thursday of each month, between 1 and 2 p.m., the link is available in the weekly Career Connection Newsletter - if you don't already receive the newsletter, subscribe online.

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.

Career Connection Newsletters

All UC San Diego staff employees are eligible to join Career Connection. When you register online, or take a Career Connection workshop, you begin to receive the Career Connection Newsletter. This mostly weekly email is a source for news of current and upcoming career planning and development opportunities for UC San Diego staff.

Read a few of the recent newsletters:

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.