Finding and Sharing Career Information
Student-alumni UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn
In order to assist students, alumni, and other friends of the Department connect with one another, we have created our student-alumni UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn. Our LinkedIn group of 600+ members posts internship and job opportunities that target Communication students, recent graduates and sometimes more seasoned alumni. Any member can post new listings at anytime. Employers and alumni often post jobs on the Communication Student-Alumni, UCSB Facebook page and the student-alumni UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn.
Create a Free Professional Profile Page. Go to the student-alumni UCSB Department of Communication group on LinkedIn. Join, or Sign In. (Please do not request to join the LinkedIn networks of individual professors.) Create a profile with a professional-looking photo and a brief description of who you are professionally. Include your skills and goals in the summary under your name. Be sure to list UCSB Dept. of Communication (not Communication"s") and date of graduation or anticipated graduation.
Looking for an Internship or Job? Employers post new positions every few days. If you would like to be one of the first to respond, choose the LinkedIn settings that will notify you every time a new discussion is posted. If the number of opportunities increases, you can switch to digest format or no notification whenever you like.
Have an Internship or Job Opportunity to Share? Alumni or Friends of the Department are invited to post career opportunities on our “Discussions” page. Simply type a header in the window next to your name, add a few details in the window below it and add a link to your website to share a complete job description.
Be a Virtual Advisor on LinkedIn. Our students and new graduates appreciate having experienced alumni offer advice in such areas as resume content, cover letters, skills sets required, publications to read and how to introduce themselves to a prospective employer. If you would like to be available to our LinkedIn group members via email, simply add to your LinkedIn profile “Interests” section “UCSB Dept of Communication Virtual Advisor”.
Looking for Advice from an Expert? Once you have joined our student-alumni UCSB Dept of Communication group on LinkedIn, use the “Member search” tool and enter “UCSB Dept of Communication Virtual Advisor”. You will find comm alumni and other group members who are willing to help you with career-related questions. You may email them and ask for advice about issues such as resume or cover letter content, skills sets you need to acquire, publications to read, or how to introduce yourself to a potential employer.
UCSB Career Services
UCSB Career Services offers GauchoLink, an interactive database system that lists and manages job opportunities for UCSB students. Employers from all areas of the world register their job opportunities on GauchoLink free of charge and all UCSB students can access this information while enrolled in the university.
UCSB Career Services Blog: Timely articles, insights, links, videos, and notices of events are posted frequently and stored on this new resource.
Reference Letter Service: This service stores letters of recommendation from employers and/or professors for up to five years. Upon request, a copy of these letters can be mailed to university admissions, educational institutions, and academic hiring officials.
For more career resources for both students and employers, such as the UCSB Career Fairs, please visit UCSB Career Services.
Attend the Communication Association meetings -- it's a great way to make both career and internship contacts.
Communication Career Day
Our Department of Communication alumni offer a series of career panels designed specifically to assist our students in their career decisions. Students hear from alumni specialists from a variety of communication fields, such as entertainment, advertising, marketing, public relations, event planning, law, or finance. The event is held during the All-Gaucho Reunion on the last Saturday of April. Alumni who are interested in sharing their expertise can find more information at Communication Career Day.
UCSB Alumni Association's Career Connections
The Career Connections program can serve as a great tool for students in terms of providing career exploration resources. Networking with professionals in one's chosen field can be as important as the education received in the classroom. Career Connections was created as a way for students and alumni to gain information and insight to aid in making career decisions. UCSB alumni in a wide variety of occupations have volunteered to participate in the program and welcome questions from students and other alumni about their professions. In addition to the address and phone number, each listing includes year of graduation, graduate work, career experience, present job title and a brief description of responsibilities. A list of potential questions to ask the interviewee is also included. It is important to note that this is an opportunity to gather information and begin making contacts - it is not a job or internship service.