Career Development: Expectations
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Superior Preparation. Extraordinary Results.

Career development is a priority of every Bren School student. Every student is expected to adhere to the following list of expectations:

  • Begin job search preparation (networking, informational interviews, resume and interview skill development) during the first quarter of your first year.
  • Make networking a priority by getting to know at least 10 professionals in the environmental field each year.
  • Become a member of a professional association in an area of interest and become actively involved in the association (i.e. go to conferences and meetings, talk with fellow members, and/or hold an office).
  • Attend the advanced resume workshop during orientation and have resume critiqued (by the Assistant Director of Career Development), updated, and completed prior to the end of the first quarter of your first year.
  • Attend the advanced interviewing workshop offered through the Career Development Program.
  • Complete an environmentally related internship during the summer between the first and second years.
  • Make a strong commitment to a particular career path prior to the second year.
  • Share useful career development and job search information with other students and with the Career Development Office.


  • Use Bren School resources and University services to become more career-focused.
  • Locate students from your class who have similar career interests and develop a mini-support/networking group. Expand your network to include students outside your own class.
  • Attend conferences, seminars, workshops, and events related to your area of interest.
  • Talk to environmental professionals outside the Bren School.

Remember to access the resources available to you!  The Bren School functions as a community in which each student helps and supports other students. Professional schools that function in this manner tend to have the highest overall placement rates and the strongest alumni network.

Please contact the Career Development Office or David Parker, Director of Career Development, for more information.