Career Resources for Undergraduates

Getting good grades and learning as much as you can in your classes is important for all students, but it is not the only key to launching a great career.  Employers don’t only hire students with a high GPA – they look for well-rounded individuals with practical experiences and skills that will translate to the workplace.  Make the most of your college years and develop your career potential by utilizing the many resources that UCSD offers during each of your years at UCSD.

Keep up to date on upcoming events and opportunities by following The Rady School of Management Undergraduates Facebook page and Undergrad@rady Blog.

Freshman Year

Join a Student Organization

Gain leadership experience, participate in networking events, and learn from professional guest speakers.  Make the most of every group you join.  Jump at opportunities that lead to more responsibility and leadership roles.  Not only will you make social connections, but you will gain more experience and build your resume.  Find orgs to connect with on Rady’s Student Organizations Page.

Explore Learning Opportunities

Explore new interests and take a class outside of your comfort zone by enrolling in a 1-unit Freshman SeminarWorkload is light and topics range from “How to Take Risks” to “Cult Films of the 1950s-2000s.” 

Get a Summer Job

Make the most of your summers by working during the summer.  Office work experience is great and many employers value the customer service, multi-tasking, and teamwork skills that students learn in retail jobs, as well.

Connect with your Professors

Attend office hours and get to know your professors better.  Meeting with professors offers valuable insights into the professional and academic world.  It is also a good, no-risk way to practice your professionalism and networking skills.

Sophomore Year

Visit the UCSD Career Services Center

The Career Services Center offers undergraduates access to internships, diverse and rewarding careers, connections, and support to effectively apply for jobs and graduate school.  Use their handy Tools for Career Success Guide to get started writing your resume and a sample cover letter.  Then, visit their Express 15  individual advising sessions to have a career advisor look them over and give feedback. 


Explore Careers

Start imagining post-graduation life.  Explore Common Careers by Major.  Does the career you want require internship experience?  More education? Are you considering graduate school?  Maybe you want to take a few years off to gain work experience before going back to school.  There are many options to start considering.  Make sure you have a “plan A” and “plan B” in mind. 

Apply for an Internship

In 2011, 48% percent of UCSD Seniors graduating with job offers converted an internship or previous job experience into a permanent career position. Further, there is no better way to decide what career you want to pursue than by testing it out.  An internship will add experience to your resume and could potentially lead to a great career.


Plan to Study Abroad

Gain a global perspective and connect with students and employers in other parts of the world.  Find more information on Rady’s Study Abroad information PageStart planning now to study abroad your Junior or Senior year.  Study abroad classes can be applied toward the business minor for credit.

Junior Year

Declare Your Minor

Declare your minor as a Junior to start receiving updates about important upcoming business and accounting related events.  Declare on Tritonlink using the Major/Minor Tool.  Visit Rady’s Undergraduate Advisor during walk-in advising hours to map out a 2 year plan to complete your minor.

  • The Accounting Minor was designed as a 2-year sequence, so take introductory level accounting classes MGT4/ECON4 and MGT5 Fall of your Junior year in order to finish the minor and graduate by Spring of your Senior year.
  • The Business Minor classes do not all need to be completed in a strict sequence (though many classes have prerequisites), but starting Fall of your Junior year will ensure you are able to fit in all the requirements while also meeting your Major and GE requirements.

Connect with your Professors and Teaching Assistants

Rady instructors and TAs are professionals and researchers who can give insight into a variety of career fields.  You may want to ask them for a letter of recommendation someday, so practice your professionalism and introduce yourself during office hours.

Attend Career Events and Fairs

The Career Services Center, Rady, and many student organizations host many networking and career development events throughout the year.  The main networking events for accounting and business students are Meet the Accounting Firms and Industry Networking Night.


Meet the Accounting Firms

Generally held in early October, this is the biggest and most important networking event of the year for accounting students.  Recruiters will be seeking Juniors for internships for the following summer, and Seniors for full-time positions for after graduation.  Prepare by reviewing Tips for Success at Meet the Accounting Firms.

Industry Networking Night

Generally held mid-November, this is the biggest networking event of the year for business students (some accounting firms usually also attend).  Not all attending employers will be currently recruiting, however this is your chance to meet with company representatives to learn more about the company and future employment opportunities.  If recruiting, they will be seeking Juniors for internships and Seniors for full-time positions for after graduation.  

Apply for an Internship

If you held an internship as a Sophomore, consider exploring another career field or company with a different internship as a Junior. In 2011, 48% percent of UCSD Seniors graduating with job offers converted an internship or previous job experience into a permanent career position.


Senior Year

Attend Career Events and Fairs Again

Attend Meet the Accounting Firms and Industry Networking night and other events again, this time seeking full-time employment opportunities for post-graduation.


 Look for Jobs

Check Port Triton, job search engines like Indeed.com, and company websites regularly for job and internship opportunities.  Attend another Express 15  advising session to make sure your resume is polished and up to date.  Consult the Tools for Career Success Guide for guides and templates for industry-specific resumes and cover letters, interview and networking tips, and more.

Connect with Your Professors

Attend office hours and get to know your professors better. Meeting with professors offers a chance for you to practice your professionalism and networking skills, and professors can also offer valuable insights into the professional and academic world. They may also be willing to write you a letter of recommendation or serve as a reference on a job application.

Note: You should only ask professors for a letter or recommendation if they truly know you well and are able to recommend you based on your academic merits.

Learn a Language

Looking for classes to fill up your senior year?  Take advantage of a lighter load your final year and take some introductory language classes, especially if you want to work in an international environment.