Career Exploration

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Sign up for CDG this fall! Check out the "Freshman program" and "Transfer program" boxes below for the CRN you need to enroll.

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.

Special Population

CRN

Day

Time

Location

 

53737

Tuesday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

 

53738

Wednesday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

EOP

53741

Wednesday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 156

EOP

53742

Thursday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 156

 

53743

Monday

5:10-6pm

Olson 117

 

53744

Tuesday

5:10-6pm

Olson 159

 

53745

Thursday

5:10-6pm

Olson 159

 

53746

Monday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

 

53763

Thursday

5:10-6pm

Hutchison 176

*Each section is open to all freshman unless designated as EOP

       

Winter Quarter

SAS 006B, Career Discovery Seminar
(3 units, 80 minutes/week, General Education credit, letter grade)

You will continue with the same mentor you worked with in the fall quarter. This course gives you the skills to explore careers
and to compete for internships and jobs. You will also complete assessments that help identify your academic preferences and interests. You will learn to write cover letters, resumes, and explore potential careers by meeting with professionals in a field of interest. At the end of the quarter, you will present your final project in a poster session along with your fellow students. Lectures are led by Internship and Career Center advisors (1 lecture/week), and an additional weekly discussion is led by Career Discovery mentors.

Spring Quarter

SAS 006C, Entering the Professional World
(1 unit, pass/no pass)

In this class, you will work one-on-one with your Career Discovery mentor and attend group field trips to meet professionals and observe them on the job. After each field trip, you will complete a brief reflection that connects your observations to your career search. Your mentor will continue to support you throughout this process.

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

53748

Thursday

4:40-6pm

Wellman 101

53749

Friday

12:10-1:30pm

Wellman 103

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!