Luskin Career Bootcamp Equips Graduates for Job Search

UCLA Luskin graduate students from the Class of 2021 gained valuable knowledge about searching for and securing a job through a two-day virtual Career Bootcamp. The series was designed by Luskin Career Services to help current and recently graduated students jumpstart their job search and learn about networking, interviewing and offer negotiation. At the beginning of the July 13-14 event, students and graduates described their current job search status, which allowed the Career Services team to tailor the sessions to the needs and goals of individual participants. Technology is always transforming the way that people find jobs, and the pandemic has brought new changes to the job search process. Attendees learned about the importance of tailoring a cover letter and resume to rank well in applicant tracking systems, which are largely automated. The Bootcamp also highlighted the importance of networking, noting that 70% of all jobs are not published publicly on job sites and up to 80% of jobs are filled through personal and professional connections. Counselors recommended building genuine relationships and making networking a habit, not just something you do when you need a job. Day 2 of the Bootcamp provided insights about interviewing for a job, both virtually and in person. Attendees also learned about factors to consider when evaluating initial salary and benefit packages before accepting a final job offer. The Luskin Career Services team is available for one-on-one counseling appointments for career guidance and exploration, resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews and other career-related topics. — Zoe Day

Connecting With Those Who Once Traveled the Same Path During annual career event, UCLA Luskin Alumni Career Leaders share employment insights and offer career advice to current students preparing to enter the job market

More than 60 alumni returned to UCLA Luskin on April 26, 2018, to provide informational interviews to students during the second annual Alumni Career Connections event.

The meetings gave Urban Planning, Public Policy and Social Welfare students an opportunity to meet graduates of the School who serve as Luskin Alumni Career Leaders and receive career advice, learn about job opportunities and connect with practitioners in their fields of career interest.

The number of alumni volunteers grew by 30 percent this year, giving UCLA Luskin students additional opportunities to gain invaluable information.

“A 2017 Career Services survey ranked alumni networking as one of the graduates’ top two sources of job leads, so it’s essential to provide these opportunities to students,” said VC Powe, director of Career Services and the Leadership Development Program.

“We were very excited to be able to put on this event for a second year in a row,” said Emily Le, career counselor at UCLA Luskin. “It gives students an opportunity to connect with many alumni in their related fields that they wouldn’t normally get an opportunity to meet with. Some of the first-year students have already said that they’re looking forward to next year’s event.”

Alumni also appreciated the opportunity to meet current students. Sheena Innocente MSW ’15 said, “The students I met with were very interested in learning about research consulting and how it can serve to shift policy at nonprofit agencies and in political ways.”

This year’s Career Connections event was expanded to include a resume station and a free photo booth for LinkedIn and other website headshots.

Many students, such as first-year public policy student Sarah Rubinstein, seized the opportunity to improve their professional profiles by getting photos taken. Others worked with Social Welfare alumnae Christina Hernandez and Juliane Nguyen and Public Policy alumna Emily Williams to review their resumes. The three also coached students on how best to formally present their information for interviews.

The meetings did not end once the doors were shut in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom; some alumni joined students for dinner or coffee and many exchanged business cards to stay in contact with their newfound UCLA Luskin connections.

Ruby Ramirez, who is in her second year as a dual MPP and MSW student, and C.J. Horvath, who is in his first year of the MURP degree, were two of the attendees who said they gained important connections with new alumni, while reinforcing their current networks. “I thought the whole event was done really well,” Horvath said.

As the lights were dimmed and a crew began to clear furniture, Williams MPP ’98, was spotted in the corner with a student. “I can’t leave now,” she called out, “I want to finish with this student before I go.”

— UCLA Luskin staff

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Alumni Career Connections Event


Community Collaborations Dinner

Meet, mingle, and eat with fellow Luskin students dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion to start building a community across departments.

Hosted by D3 Initiative in partnership with Planners of Color for Social Equity and Policy Professionals for Diversity and Equity at the Luskin Commons. Dinner provided with RSVP!

PLUS² Healing The City

In cities like Los Angeles, health disparities are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. We understand that “health” in urban areas goes beyond fighting illnesses and preventing diseases.

The quality of life of residents in marginalized communities, especially, is affected by factors like income and racial inequality, and the physical and built environment. These among other obstacles impact the way we live, where we live, and our ability to access the tools we need to sustain a dignified quality of life.

At PLUS² this year, we’re interested in examining the intersection of health, economics, and the city. Beyond clinical health, what are some of the barriers preventing residents in urban areas from being healthy? And how can we think differently about who gets the opportunity to heal and live healthy lives?

The full-day summit will consist of short talks and panels from invited leaders and influencers, followed by a thoughtful discussion with our guests.

LURN invites you to join us for the whole day, or just for the sessions that interest you the most. We’ll break for lunch and will end the day with a hosted a cocktail hour on site. Hope to see you there!

Social Welfare Alumni Gathering & Joseph A. Nunn Alumna of the Year

Dean Segura & the UCLA Luskin Department of Social Welfare cordially invite all social welfare alumni to join us for an evening of camaraderie & celebration at the annual UCLA Luskin Social Welfare Alumni Gathering to honor

Aurea Montes-Rodriguez MSW ’99

Executive Vice President of Community Coalition

2017 Joseph A. Nunn Alumna of the Year

>>RSVP by Thursday, May 18th.<<

We look forward to seeing you!


UCLA Urban Planning Coffee Mixer with Vinit Mukhija – DTLA

Grab your morning coffee & meet incoming urban planning chair, Vinit Mukhija. Alumni, students, and staff are all welcome to join us in the seating area near G&B Coffee in Grand Central Market. Start your day off by saying hello to old friends, meeting new ones, and sharing your ideas with Professor Mukhija! Drop in any time between 8am and 9:30am, and stay for as little or as long as you like.