Planning for your career
Career opportunities are plentiful and diverse for Neuroscience majors. Contrary to popular belief, academic major does not equal career. In other words, the combination of your UCLA education and out-of-class experiences provide transferable knowledge and skills to many career paths.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A CAREER?
Your career development is an ongoing process. It requires considerable reflection, research, talking to professionals, goal-setting and decision-making. When asking yourself, "What do I want to do?", consider the following:
Assessing Self - Identifying skills, interests, personality, and values.
Exploring Options - Researching career information online and in UCLA's Career Center library, conducting informational interviews with professionals
in different fields, and exploring academic areas of interest.
Gaining Experience - Obtaining internships, part-time jobs, volunteering, research, joining clubs or organizations.
Setting Goals - Assessing options, making decisions, taking steps to reach goals, improving resumes and applications, and enhancing interview skills.
Enhancing Career - Re-evaluating your situation, assessing organizational culture, seeking professional development, continuing education, and
Adapted from the UCLA Career Center's "Career Development Process" Handout
CAREER COUNSELING AT UCLA
Career Counselors are available in UCLA's Career Center to guide you in your career development. The Career Center provides individualized career counseling and assessments, informative workshops, internships/job search support, resume/cover letter support, interview practice, letters of recommendation services, on-campus recruiting, and career fairs.
Same-day appointments and walk-in hours available. Log on to Bruinview for availability. Times are posted at approximately 9:00am each week day.
501 Westwood Plaza (at Strathmore), Floors Two and Three
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1573
Campus Mail Code 157308
In addition to the Career Center, you should supplement your career counseling by meeting with the neuroscience undergraduate counselor. Your undergraduate counselor can help you explore careers, set goals, and advise on relevant coursework.
There are many more options out there! Utilize the Career Center to explore!
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook
U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration: Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
Society for Neuroscience: NeuroJobs Career Center
Advancing Science, Serving Society: Science Careers