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Career Exploration

Career Discovery Groups 

Career Discovery Groups (CDG), a partnership between the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Internship and Career Center, give freshmen and first-year transfer students an opportunity to explore career possibilities and make academic choices for future success. Students who participate in Career Discovery Groups have higher rates of retention at UC Davis. Interaction with faculty and advisors helps them gain focus; guidance from graduate student mentors helps Career Discovery Group students learn to navigate the research university and use campus resources.

What will Career Discovery Groups do for me?

Career Discovery Groups will help you begin your career planning right away. You will be able to research an array of careers with mentors and fellow students in a small-group setting.

Who is eligible?

All College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) freshmen and first-year transfer students are welcome. 

Career Discovery Groups are required for students in Aggie Jumpstart

How does the program work?

Career Discovery Groups provide you with special classes and a mentor to introduce you to campus resources, to help you explore potential career paths, and to guide you with course selection. There are only 20 to 25 students per CDG, so you'll be part of a group with shared interests. Together, you can begin your quest for discovery from day one! 

The program for freshmen lasts three quarters, with one career exploration course per quarter. A graduate student mentor will support you in your transition to the UC Davis campus, help you network with professionals, alumni, and experienced Aggies at special events, and guide you as you define your interests.

The program for first-year transfer students offers one fall quarter course in which you work with a graduate student mentor to learn how to navigate the research university, assess your skills, values, and interests, and explore career options.

Freshman Program

The freshman Career Discovery Group includes three courses in major and career exploration, one per quarter during freshman year. Graduate students trained as Career Discovery mentors and experts from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center lead these courses. You are encouraged to enroll in all three quarters.

Fall Quarter

SAS 006A, Positioning Yourself for Success at UC Davis and Beyond
(1 unit, 1 hour/week, pass/no pass)

A Career Discovery mentor leads you in learning how to navigate the university and explore your personal skills and values as they relate to your major and career exploration.

CRN

Day

Time

Location

49731

Tuesday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

49733 (EOP Only)*

Tuesday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 156

49734

Monday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 156

49735

Wednesday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

49736 (EOP Only)*

Thursday

5:10-6pm

Asmundson 242

49737

Monday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

49738

Tuesday

5:10-6pm

TLC 1218

49740

Monday

5:10-6pm

Young 184

49741

Thursday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

First-Year Transfer Student Program

The first-year transfer student Career Discovery Group offers one course in career exploration, skill building and learning to navigate a research university.

Fall Quarter

SAS 106, Positioning Yourself for Success at UC Davis and Beyond
(1 unit, 80 minutes/week, pass/no pass)

This class offers ten weekly meetings led by Career Discovery mentors to help you learn about campus resources, time management, as well as interviewing and networking skills. The UC Davis Internship and Career Center facilitates two of the class sessions. You will complete the Strong Interest Inventory and CliftonStrengths assessments to learn more about your interests and strengths and how they can shape your major and career goals. You will also learn about diversity in the workplace, how to build a résumé, interviewing for jobs, and finding internship and job openings.

CRN

Day

Time

Location

49786

Thursday

4:40-6pm

Olson 223

49787

Friday

12:10-1:30pm

Storer 1344

How do I register for the CDG program?

You can register to participate in the CDG program during Aggie Orientation or Pass 2. Presentations held during Aggie Advising will further describe the CDG program, and your advisors will be available to help you make an informed decision and provide you with course registration numbers. 

Questions? Let us know!