Take Charge of Your 2023 Career Goals!

UC Berkeley Extension
6 min readOct 27, 2022

Every day, every month, we’re devoted to helping you meet your career and academic goals-whether it’s preparing for graduate school, looking to change your career or advance in your current role.

We’ve compiled a list of our popular career-oriented blogs to help you navigate your future career path:

The Future of Work Podcast

We’ve partnered with Jill Finlayson, Director of EDGE in Tech Initiative at UC (Expanding Diversity and Gender Equity) co-sponsored by CITRIS and Berkeley Engineering, to speak with industry leaders in their fields to discuss the changing evolution of the workforce and the skills needed to stay competitive. New episodes drop every month! Check out past episodes.

Expanding Beyond Your Current Work Duties

Project Management Skills Make Your Résumé Shine

You may not realize it, but you’re flexing project-management skills every day—both at work and in your personal life. Getting a new product to market? Check! Project management. Planning a family vacation? Check! Project management.

So why take a project management course if you’re already doing this?

Hone your project-management skills by focusing on the Agile methodology!

Dive Into Data Science

Data scientists and analysts use their technical knowledge to discover answers embedded in large data sets that can solve a variety of questions. But you don’t need to be a full-fledged data scientist to reap the benefits of becoming data literate. When you put data analysis on your résumé, you signal to potential employers that you can solve problems. Continue reading.

Why Study: Math and Statistics

Statistics or mathematics, in general, affect every career. Yes, every career. Think of something you love to do and try to see if math isn’t involved. Artist? Math-specifically, geometry. Musician? You need to know math and numbers to understand music patterns and more. Up your math and stats knowledge?

Why Study: Arts and Humanities

Let’s defer to famed film director George Lucas, who, in The Heart of the Matter, beautifully said: “The sciences are the ‘how,’ and the humanities are the ‘why’-why are we here, why do we believe in the things we believe in. I don’t think you can have the ‘how’ without the ‘why.’” Everyday tech were brought to life-powered by the creativity, ingenuity and artistic approaches that are the bedrock of the arts and humanities. Read on to add STEAM to your résumé.

Why Every Professional Needs to Flex Good Grammar

AI-powered spell-check platforms use natural-language processing methods to build statistical learning algorithms that continue to feed upon itself. But before you let these tools determine when to appropriately use their, there and they’re, remember that the data driving these algorithms are only as good as the programmers. To be sure, to err is human.

Think Like an Entrepreneur

There is an assumption that thinking like an entrepreneur means that you’ve got a new business or service that you want to bring to market. It’s the mindset that has been driving the successes of Silicon Valley businesses. But this type of thinking isn’t just for those who have a “million-dollar idea.” In fact, it’s a way of thinking that everyone should incorporate. Find out why.

Make Sure You Have the Desired Human Skills

Specialized digital skills are becoming increasingly important and yet jobs are not becoming hypertechnical. Instead, they are becoming increasingly hybrid, mixing human and technical skills-and employers and workers alike are still struggling to keep up. How do you balance the hard with the soft?

Looking for a New Gig?

Find Your Ideal Software Career

No one would gasp at the mention of software development as a well-paid, in-demand and prestigious profession. What may be surprising is the diversity of roles available to people with software skills; software development is just the beginning of many possible career paths. Make your way to a software role.

Become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)

What exactly does a CLS do? They perform sophisticated clinical diagnostic tests; evaluate and interpret laboratory results; and research and evaluate new test methodologies. This work also lends itself to advancements into management positions! Is your interest piqued? Then read on to learn how you can be academically proficient to fill one of the many empty CLS positions.

Stop the Nursing Shortage

There’s no time like the present to consider moving into a nursing position. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a nine percent job growth until 2030, citing around 194,500 openings for registered nurses each year. There is a clear signal that if you’re interested in becoming a nurse, now is the time to pursue that dream.

Ready to Get Started?

Design-Think Your Career

Design thinking is a process you can use to solve problems. If you’re looking to change careers or advance into a new role, design thinking can help delineate a path forward. Using design thinking is a great way to plan your next career move. Take this step-by-step approach.

Prep for a Career Change

Are you happy with what you’re doing for a living? Do you wake up ready to take on the day’s challenges? Or, like many others, are you seriously considering a career change? You may be thinking that you’re too old; you need to start from scratch; you have to have this all planned out; your income will suffer. You need to take these and other myths out of the conversation. And we’re here to help.

See the Value of a Certificate

Can’t decide between earning a professional certificate or a master’s degree? Both options can fulfill career and hiring requirements, broaden your intellectual horizons and even lead to salary increases. But if you’re looking to advance your career quickly and at a lower price point, a professional certificate is the way to go. Find out why.

Access and Flexibility: Online Courses

When there’s only 24 hours in a day, pursuing additional education can seem time-prohibitive-but it doesn’t have to be. Online learning allows you to get the relevant, highly sought-after skills in a way that seamlessly integrates with your busy work schedule and life. Find out how.

Out in the Workforce

Starting the Job-Search Process

We partnered with Symba.io to find out about current hiring trends, best practices when communicating with employers and how to stand out in the hiring process. Whether it’s current trends in the market, making your application stand out or creating a productive job-searching plan, there’s plenty to glean. Check out these top takeaways.

Create Your Digital Brand

LinkedIn is a fairly familiar platform to most professionals-it’s an opportunity 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?

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