In embarking on a process of career exploration, we might fantasize that the process will work like the Sorting Hat, from the Harry Potter books and movies: you take a single, simple test; receive a straightforward result; and follow a straight path to the career you were meant to have.
But a three-minute whiteboard video, recently published by directors of the Motivating Informed Decisions (MIND) program at UC San Francisco, explains that career exploration is often much more of a meandering path, with lots of twists, turns, and changes of direction – “messy, laborious, and iterative.”
“Start early – career exploration takes time,” the video advises. They also suggest that you “try out the work in a low-risk way.”
If you’re a Berkeley graduate student, there’s lots of support available to you in navigating the career exploration path, whether you’re on it right now or just planning ahead:
- Book an appointment with a graduate Career Counselor. You can do this anytime, at any stage in your program!
- Explore Handshake, an online recruiting platform exclusively for Berkeley students. Many jobs and internships are listed on Handshake each day.
- Join the organizing team for Beyond Academia, a student-run career education organization, or attend Beyond Academia’s annual conference.
- Contact Linda Louie, the Professional Development Resource Coordinator, to learn about the full range of resources and opportunities available to you.