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Helping land that perfect job

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Students look on during the San Diego Employer Day event.

Students network with employers like Google, Northrop Grumman and the International Rescue Committee through the latest Career and Professional Development Center event

At the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), our students hope to not only create global policy solutions that matter — they aim to land the perfect job to get them there, thanks to the training they receive in their master’s programs.

And the team helping these students find their perfect job is the GPS Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC).

On Nov. 17, CPDC hosted San Diego Employer Outreach Day, bringing together a number of employers in the area to network with current GPS students. Representatives from Chevron, Google, Northrop Grumman, WildCoast, Jack in the Box, Viasat, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) — many of which were GPS alumni themselves — were in attendance to discuss career paths at their respective entities. 

“It’s a really great way for alumni and current students to network and for students to think about what careers are out there for them,” said Amber Reinhart, CPDC program coordinator. 

The event drew over 100 GPS students. 

“We really want to bring the employers that they’re interested in to them, and we have the network and the connections to make that happen,” Reinhart said. “And we’ve worked all summer long rebranding our resources, so that students have all the templates, scripts and study guides to put their best foot forward when it comes to meeting with these employers and being prepared. I think that is what’s most unique and so cool about our events — they’re specifically tailored for our students.”

Reinhart pointed out that CPDC reminds current students to keep a relationship with the team even after graduation — not only for ongoing career support and resources but also for the opportunity to pass on their knowledge to future students. 

“It’s so special to see so many alumni returning to participate in talks like this,” Reinhart explained. “We’re proud that we were able to support them in furthering their careers, and now they’re giving back to students that are here currently.”

Besides participating in quarterly events like this, Reinhart stresses one important tip for students: regular communication.

“Just come talk to us about your career goals,” Reinhart said. “These events are for students, so it’s so important that the students have a relationship with our team and that they tell us what we can continue to add to our events so these events can be catered even more toward the jobs they want.”

Connect with CPDC for job postings, mentor support and other opportunities today. 

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Virginia Watson is the communications editor for the School of Global Policy and Strategy. She has spent her entire career in editing, writing and design, both in industry and higher education. She holds a master's in technical and professional communication from Auburn University and a B.S. in journalism with a minor in graphic design from Troy University.
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