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Find Your Professional Pathway with Our Help

UCR offers master's and doctoral students a range of career development resources, including workshops, individual counseling sessions, and tools. Read on to discover how the Career Center, the Graduate Student Association, GradSuccess, and the Alumni Association can assist you on your professional journey.


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On-Campus Resources

Career Center
  • Counseling

    You can schedule an appointment to meet with the Graduate Student Career Specialist and discuss career-related topics including:

    • Job search strategies
    • Curriculum vitae (CV), resume, and cover letter writing
    • Interview preparation
    • Career pathway exploration and career decision making

    Make an appointment through Handshake, by calling the Career Center at (951) 827-3631, or at the Career Center front desk.

    Drop-ins do not require an appointment and graduate students are welcome to come in during drop-in hours Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Drop-in sign up is located at the Career Center's front desk.

  • Graduate Student Association (GSA) Career Center Liaison

    Our new GSA Career Center Liaison is Viresha Perera, currently a MBA student and finished her undergraduate degree here at UCR as well.  She has a strong background in student programming having planned and implemented International Student Orientation for two years.  She also has been active on campus as a student leader.  All graduate students are welcome to meet with the GSA Career Center Liaison to learn about resources offered at the Career Center, including an overview of career counseling, career events and workshops, online career resources, and accessing Handshake. 

    The liaison holds a weekly office hour, Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. during the Graduate Student Job Search Support Group hour. You can also contact Viresha via

  • Graduate Student Peer Advisor
    Songling Chen


    Career Center has started a Peer Advisor program for graduate students.  Our Graduate Peer Advisor for the 2021-22 academic year is Ms. Songling Chen (She/her). 

    Songling is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education Administration and Policy program. Her research focuses on diversity and racial issues in U.S. higher education, including diversity in STEM fields and the experiences of Asian American college students. She obtained her Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California (USC). Before coming to UCR, Songling worked as an academic advisor at USC. She also worked as the Graduate Student Mentorship Program coordinator in UCR GradSuccess for two years. She has previously lived in Beijing, Stuttgart, and Los Angeles. 

    You can reach Songling at if you have any questions.  Her office hour for Spring 2022 is from 3:00pm - 4:00pm on Thursdays via Zoom.  

  • Virtual Career Expo

    The Graduate Career Consortium’s PhD and Master’s Virtual Career Expo is a one-day online recruiting event that will be hosted on March 3rd, 2021. The expo is free for UCR students. 

    See which employers are taking part in the expo.

    Get answers to common questions about the expo.

    Watch a video about the benefits of attending a virtual career expo.

  • Online Resources
  • Counseling

    GradSuccess Director, Dr. Hillary Jenks, holds office hours every Thursday, 2–4 pm in Zoom. Stop by to talk to her about career development and any questions about graduate school and beyond. Click here to join the Zoom meeting to talk to Hillary at the beginning of the session, and visit GradSuccess website for more information about GradSuccess programs.

    Graduate Student Resource Center Coordinator, Jason Chou is here to support you. Talk to him about individual career development plans (myIDP, ChemIDP, ImaginePhD), career development in graduate school, and international graduate student concerns. Contact Jason via his email to set up an appointment, and visit Graduate Student Resource Center website for more information about their programs. 

    Kristoffer Ekroll, Graduate Student Resource Center Lead Consultant, holds grad-to-grad office hours every Tuesday, 10-11am in Fall, starting on October 6, 2020. Stop by to talk to Kristoffer about graduate studies in humanities and social sciences, teaching/TAing, networking, international student concerns, and work/life balance. Drop ins are welcome or you can schedule an online appointment with Kristoffer here.

  • Professional Development Events

    Connect with GradSuccess to learn more about these events:

  • Career Resources

    Connect with GradSuccess to learn more about these resources:


Resources & Tools

Career Planning and Development Tools
Career Paths