The VSPA (Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs) recently held a career development workshop for Berkeley’s spouses and partners, where participants shared the challenges they face during their stay at Berkeley. Among these were visa problems, employment issues, childcare difficulties, and cultural differences.

Led by Dinorah Meyer, a career counselor at UC Berkeley’s Career Center, the workshop included a survey to gather information on the kinds of resources and support spouses and partners need in order to enhance their career and professional development. The results of the survey will be announced soon by the VSPA.

Following the workshop, the VSPA announced the following resources, available for Berkeley’s spouses and partners:

Informational Session on Work Visas and Immigration

Adam Green, an immigration lawyer from Los Angeles, will be coming to speak at the International House to address visa questions on Monday, April 14, 2014

Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD is another online tool where you can find both academia and non-academia jobs as well as online bulletin boards where members can discuss their career paths. Please note that this resource requires a UC Berkeley CalNet login. While you may not have your own CalNet login, you can access this resource via your spouse or partner’s CalNet login. You can login/register through “

One-on-One Career Counseling

Dinorah Meyer will soon begin providing one-on-one career counseling appointments for UC Berkeley spouses and partners at her private practice in San Francisco. These workshops will be sponsored by the VSPA Program and provided at no cost to spouses and partners.

Passport Career

Passport Career, an online global job search tool is available to spouses and partners for free. If you would like access to this resource, please send an email to [email protected] with “Passport Career” in the subject line.

Monthly Workshops and Events

Monthly workshops to cover a wide variety of topics as well as social events where spouses and partners can mingle and network with others in a relaxed setting.