UC Berkeley Global 2021 Career Week: The Future of You

Join us for a week filled of career-enhancing panels

Our Career Services team is pleased to announce the inaugural Career Week: “The Future of You,” to be held March 15-19, 2021.

This event highlights the importance of career development and planning for your future. Whether you’re a student, mid-career professional or an aspiring career changer, take advantage of these free opportunities to understand new work trends, gain new skills and learn how to advance in your career. Let us support you in your career journey. Join us for one, two or all of our events! Check out the roster of events below and save your seat now.

Monday, March 15


The Future of Work: Expert Insights Into Workplace and Market Trends

We've seen drastic changes to the workplace since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With a vaccine bringing new hopes of a return to "normalcy," what does this mean for the future of work? What are the industry, hiring and workplace trends that you need to be aware of as you plan for your future? Industry experts will share insight on what trends they're seeing and what they predict the future of work will be. Learn concrete strategies on what you can do today to prepare for what’s to come.


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The Future of You: Using Design Thinking to Plan Your Career

Career planning can seem like a daunting task. Why not practice the "future, back" design-thinking skill: Start with your end goal, work back to today and then build your plan forward. Join Jeff Eyet, co-founder of the Berkeley Innovation Group, and walk through how you can use the concepts of design thinking to move your career forward.

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Tuesday, March 16


Conversation With Nichelle Grant, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Siemens USA

In the ever-changing workplace, leaders with expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion are now more important than ever. We join the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California for this speaker series that features corporate leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion roles. They share their journeys and insights gained while advocating for diversity and inclusion at major corporations. Moderators Ramu Nagappan (Assistant Dean at UC Berkeley Extension) and Jill Finlayson (Director of the Women in Technology Initiative at UC) will explore with Nichelle Grant—Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Siemens USA—her career progression; key diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Siemens, USA; and lessons learned that she can pass on to other companies.

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Courageous Conversations: How to Handle Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict, disagreements and misunderstandings are inevitable in the workplace. Developing the courage and skill to have necessary conversations are a way to stop conflicts before they turn into larger issues. In this session, Vaneese Johnson, The Boldness Coach and one of UC Berkeley Extension’s Career Development lead instructors, will discuss the framework to prepare and have courageous conversations. Learn techniques and strategies to articulate your thoughts and opinions and make requests that can clear up misunderstandings and help create positive relationships with colleagues.

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Wednesday, March 17


Life After Extension: Alumni Career Panel

What is the best way to prepare for your future after completing one of our professional certificates? What skills are necessary to advance in your career? Hear from alumni from a variety of educational and career backgrounds who will provide first-hand insight on how they took advantage of what they were taught in and outside of the classroom and what it took to get to where they are today. Our alumni panel includes:

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Job Search Advice From Experts at The Job Forum and UC Berkeley Extension 

Imagine a panel of managers from around the San Francisco Bay Area coming together to give you specific job search advice. We are partnering with The Job Forum, a nonprofit sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, to bring you an evening of job search advice that is individualized to your needs. Take advantage of the opportunity to share your current situation and ask an expert panel to share their ideas, feedback and resources. 


6-8 pm (PST)

Cost: Free

Register today!


Thursday, March 18


F-1 International Students: Maximize Your Training and Employment Benefits

Are you an international student on an F-1 student visa? Are you planning on applying for an F-1 student visa in the future? Are you unsure of what career opportunities you can take advantage of while studying in the U.S.? This session will provide an overview of all training and employment opportunities allowed on an F-1 student visa. Gain resources and an understanding of how to enhance your program experience while in the U.S. Come join our Berkeley Global Student Services team:

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Using LinkedIn to Create Your Digital Brand and Find Your Next Job

LinkedIn is a fairly familiar platform to most professionals—it's a platform to build your digital brand and expand your network. With the pandemic making it more difficult to meet professionals, how can you use LinkedIn to your advantage? How do you virtually grow your network and boost your chances to get a job? Come hear LinkedIn's Starshine Roshell, Business Content Producer and LinkedIn Learning Instructor, speak about how you can improve your digital branding and find your next job using the platform's simple yet powerful tools.

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Friday, March 19


Pitch Global

Pitch Global has been matching global entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley investors for almost a decade in curated, shark tank–style events. Come see global entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to potential investors. Learn what you can do for your own ventures in the future. Keynote remarks will be by R. Paul Singh, Board Member of TIE Silicon Valley and Founder/CEO of three startups with one IPO and three M&A on How to Scale Your Startup.


9 am-12 pm (PST)

Cost: Free

Register today!

Taking the Next Step in Your Career: How We Can Help

Founded in 1891, UC Berkeley Extension is the continuing education branch of the University of California, Berkeley. Today, Extension offers more than 2,000 courses each year—the majority of which are online—along with more than 70 professional certificates, plus many specialized programs of study. We bring together UC Berkeley's esteemed academics and Silicon Valley's experts so you can gain the latest insights from research and industry best practices. UC Berkeley Extension provides exceptional learning environments for outstanding professionals from around the world. Come learn how we can help you take the next step as you prepare for graduate school or your career.

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Check out our website to learn more about Berkeley Global Career Services!
Have questions about the events above? Email bgcareerservices@berkeley.edu.

Have general questions about UC Berkeley Extension? Email extension@berkeley.edu or check out some of our upcoming information sessions.

Meet the Berkeley Global Career Services Team