📌 The process of obtaining a job after college usually involves searching for jobs, applying to jobs, interviewing for jobs, and/or networking. Many students also benefit from personal discernment (about their skill sets, interests, goals, etc.) and preparation (e.g., career research, resume editing, internships, career fair attendance, etc.) prior to their job search. Tips and resources are included below for each step of the career search process.
- It can be helpful to check in with yourself, during your junior and senior years especially, to identify your interests, desires, and goals post-Cal. The tips and questions below can help guide this self-reflection. If you would like a sounding board as you explore these tips and questions, you can schedule an appointment with a Career Center STEM advisor (Revae Hitt and Michael Harris work with STEM students), or with your physics major advisor.
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- Even if you don't know what you want to pursue after Cal, it can only help to take advantage of career prep tips and resources so that you can learn more about options available and feel confident once you decide to apply to jobs. The earlier you begin to explore these resources, the better, so that you can explore them curiously rather than from a space of stress and urgency. Toggle to view career preparation tips and resources.
Physics Department Career Resources
- Physics Student Services has compiled several career resources to aid in your career preparation and discernment. Toggle to view resources compiled by Physics Student Services.
Call for Alumni
Physics Student Services hopes to create an alumni database in the future. In the meantime, know that we are always happy to receive updates about your job search and placement and we welcome any tips, wisdom, and/or videos you would like to share with physics majors. Additionally, if you are interested in serving on a career panel after you graduate, please reach out to Kathleen (firstname.lastname@example.org). We plan to host these each semester, and some events might even continue to be virtual depending on what works best for panelists.