The Messy Reality of Career Exploration, Explained Published: August 13, 2018 By: Linda Louie 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. “The Fantasy, The Ideal, and The Reality of Career Exploration,” by the Motivating Informed Decisions (MIND) program, UCSF.