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UExplore is a 6-month professional development program designed to provide exposure and tools to help early career and entry level employees learn about and explore the various career opportunities available within UC San Diego. The mission of this program, since its inception in 2009, is to equip you with self-awareness and information about the university through self-reflection, connection, and networking to foster empowerment in navigating your individual career path here at UC San Diego. 

 How does UExplore work for you? 
  • Explore Yourself:  Gain self-awareness and channel that knowledge towards your individual career planning process at UC San Diego.  Take ownership, take action to identify, communicate, and plan S.M.A.R.T professional goals.  
  • Explore UC San Diego:  Gain knowledge about UC San Diego's organizational structure and discover university resources and tools for career exploration.
  • Explore Career Paths:  Learn from and network with successful colleagues at various levels of leadership at UC San Diego.  Hear about what they do and why they like it, where those positions exist on campus, how much they pay, and gain insights on what they see as key experiences in their career and how they define success in their roles.

Program Schedule

  • 7 workshops taking place over 6 months (October 24, 2019 - March 19, 2020)
  • Workshops takes place on Thursdays* and will be held on campus 
  • Attendance is required and monitored for each workshop
  • Schedule/Topic
    • Oct 24 - Welcome Orientation (9:00 am - 11:00 am)
    • Nov 18 - Verifying your MBTI Personality Type & Career Planning Process (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)
    • Dec 5 - UC San Diego Organizational Overview & Intro to Career Tracks Pt. 1 (12:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
    • Jan 16 - Navigating the Recruitment Process (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
    • Jan 27 - Intro to Career Tracks Pt. 2 (8:30 am - 10:30 am)
    • Feb 6 - Resume Review & Feedback (12:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
    • Feb 27 - UC San Diego Career Panels (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)
    • Mar 19 - Wrap Up & Celebrate (9:00 am - 11:00 am)


  • Eligibility Criteria: Early-career and entry level employees (represented and non-represented position titles up to pay grade 20) in full-time career appointments in BFS, Chancellor's Office, VCAA, VC-EDI, VCR, and VCSA with recent performance appraisal evaluation of "S", "A" or "E" who will have passed their probationary period by the first day of UExplore workshops (e.g. October 24).  Each applicant must commit to and follow through on attending each workshop in full.  The supervisor must make every reasonable effort to ensure this commitment is fulfilled.

 Online Application & Selection Process 

  • Encouraged Process from the Role of:
    1. Employee:
      1. Talk it over with your supervisor and come to agreement that this is the right opportunity for you.
      2. Receive supervisor consent, that if selected, you will be given release time to attend and participate in all program activities.
      3. Complete the online application (click here - 4 short essay questions) and ask your supervisor for assistance as needed.  
    2. Supervisor:
      1. Talk it over with your employee. If this program is appropriate and the time commitment can be accommodated, give employee consent for release time to attend and participate in all program activities.
      2. After employee completes the online application it will route to you. Sign-off on approval for participation and consent for release time if selected.
      3. ​If employee is selected to participate – engage and check-in with the employee through out the duration of the program. 
    3. Deadlines & Selection Timeline:
      1. Employee section: deadline September 20, 2019
      2. Supervisor section: deadline September 27, 2019
      3. Selected participants will be notified by October 11, 2019