Bruin Career Insights

Produced by UCLA Alumni Affairs, The Bruin Career Insights series features distinguished alumni in a unique Q & A style discussion covering a variety of professional development topics to provide insight into specific professions, industries or skill sets. As a live series on YouTube, those watching have the opportunity to ask their own questions during the livestream. Past topics have included breaking into the entertainment industry, gaining insight into launching a start-up and preparing for your best interview.

CREATING A GREAT COMPANY CULTURE

Payscout, one of LA’s fastest growing companies, was featured as #17 on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures List for the medium-sized business category in 2017. This is no surprise since one of the CEO’s goals is for Payscout to become “the best place to work in the world.” Find out how Juan Sotelo, Payscout’s Chief Operating Officer, forges a strong company culture and why it’s so important for the longevity of Payscout.

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PAST EPISODES

JOB SEARCH TIPS FOR RETURNING TO WORK

Getting back to work after an extended leave is easier said than done. Whether you left to care for a family member, personal injury or to pursue a passion project, you can turn that gap in your resume into an asset for a potential employer. Tune in to the next episode of Bruin Career Insights on YouTube Live, as career counselor and coach Vicki Rothman ’85 discusses how to transition back to work after months or years of unemployment. She offers tips on how to communicate your transferable skills and how to rebuff the challenges you may encounter.

USING GAMIFICATION TO GET AHEAD

In this episode of Bruin Career Insights, gamification pioneer, Yu-kai Chou, discusses the role-playing game he developed that can improve your personal and professional life. As part of the game, you can identify your abilities, gain experience and expand your network. Watch this episode to find out how a game can help you reach your full potential.

NETWORKING IN ENTERTAINMENT

Hollywood is a town built on networking. Knowing the right people and being well-connected opens doors and secures resources. Hollywood TV writers, Marissa and Justin Hillian know the value of networking in the entertainment industry all too well. Every gig they’ve ever landed came through connections and never through an application. In this next episode of Bruin Career Insights on YouTube Live, learn the art of networking and personal branding. Discover what missteps to avoid and how to leverage your existing network to accomplish your goals.

INSIDE THE HIRING PROCESS

Applying for a job can be a difficult and humbling process. You may have the right qualifications, but still get overlooked by potential employers. How do you step up your game? In this installment Bruin Career Insights, executive recruiter Katya Daniel ’08 arms you with the inside scoop on how to win the hiring process. She shares the characteristics that recruiters look for, offers tips on how to tell your authentic story and gives some practical advice on becoming the best candidate for the job.

FROM FIRST GEN TO NEXT GEN LEADER

Today’s First Gen students are our next generation of leaders, bringing with them a diverse set of skills and perspectives that can change the landscape of society and the workplace. In this installment of Bruin Career Insights, first generation grad Corey Matthews ’10, M.Ed. ’11, a nonprofit management and public policy professional, discusses how our diversity in experiences, viewpoints and abilities serve to our advantage and that of our employers.

BRUIN CAREER INSIGHTS FROM A DISNEY IMAGINEER

Dave Crawford ’95 is a longtime Disney Imagineer. When he first graduated with a mechanical engineering degree at UCLA, he didn’t envision himself one day leading the mechanical engineering team responsible for creating new rides at the world’s largest theme park company. In this installment of the Bruin Career Insights, Crawford discusses his journey of success at Disney, what kinds of STEM opportunities exist in entertainment and how utilizing your mentors and advocates can help you find your best fit and career path, no matter the industry.

BRINGING YOUR FULL SELF TO YOUR CAREER

More often than not, job descriptions aren’t tailor-made to suit one’s interests and abilities. Rather, it’s typically the employee who conforms to what the job requires. But what if you can incorporate what you’re most passionate about into your career? That’s precisely what organizational expert Devon Dickau ’07, M.B.A ’15 will discuss on the next Bruin Career Insights live stream. The dual UCLA-degree holder with a master’s from Harvard is living his dream, landing a job at Deloitte Consulting advising both organizations and individuals on how to attain their goals. As a mentor himself and designer of mentoring programs for his clients, Dickau will share how to leverage networking relationships to achieve personal and professional success.

ADAPTING TO CHANGE

The world changes at a rapid pace, especially if you work in the tech and startup industries. Join us and Corinne Crockett ’10 next week as we discuss how to be nimble in the face of change and the importance of flexibility when it comes to innovation.

THE MYTH OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE

We live in complex times and we have big goals and dreams; not surprisingly, balance in our personal universe remains elusive. Often framed as a question of balance between competing demands at work and at home, real-world balance is far more muddied than a simple seesaw of the two. For most of us, it’s a near-constant negotiation between the collection of our complicated passions and objectives set against the backdrop of a complex and contentious world. This installment of the Bruin Career Insights series, leadership development expert Crystal Schaffer explores the classic work-life balance equation. She will challenge us to think multi-dimensionally about the paradoxes that define our ideals and profile seven tools you can use to embrace the complex and find your own equilibrium.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT 

Like in any relationship, finding the right employer comes down to shared values. Taking an honest assessment of your career values, passions and work style will help identify companies most compatible with you and focus your search. In the next installment of the Bruin Career Insights series, Natalie Kim ’08 will help you analyze what characteristics to look for in an employer. From basics like geography and size, to deeper criteria like workplace culture, work-life balance or your belief in the mission, she will address these questions and make your job search a lot less daunting!

MICRO LEADERSHIP

Establishing yourself as a reliable team member with strong leadership skills can fortify your position within an organization. You do not need to be in a position of authority in order to lead or make impactful changes. Join us and our special guest speaker this month as we discuss micro leadership and learn how you can be a leader without being the leader.

YOUR BEST INTERVIEW

Whether it’s a fresh start or a kick start for your career, the interview process can make or break your chances of landing the position you want. Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for this all-important personal interaction. Bruin Career Insights: Your Best Interview explores the critical elements you need to know to make a great first impression. Learn the do’s and don’ts of how to present yourself, reduce the risk of rejection and increase the odds of getting an offer.

THE INTROVERTED ENTREPRENEUR 

Starting a business requires being persistent and taking risks. Most people believe entrepreneurs need to be energetic and outgoing to be champions for their business, but introverts take note: you can be a successful entrepreneur and still protect your time and energy.

STARTING OUT IN START-UPS

You are a creative big-thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit who is not afraid of hard work, can wear many hats and is always ready to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities. Your talent, personality and passion could make working at a startup an exciting challenge and be a great fit. Watch this edition of Bruin Career Insights for a special session unique to the startup job search, facilitated by Vikas Gupta ’03, M.B.A. ’11, that will help you create a plan to unearth jobs, get noticed and grow your career.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR JOB SEEKERS

In today’s competitive job market, employers have a thin margin of error in their search for the right applicant. When it comes to identifying the right job candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management alumna Kate Pletcher M.B.A ’07 has got the eye for talent. As the head of a full-service recruiting firm, she shares her professional insights on what qualities rise to the top and what steps you can take to stand out from the crowd.

NAVIGATING NONPROFITS

From small local charities to large international agencies, there are many kinds of nonprofit organizations. This edition of Bruin Career Insights taps into an insider’s knowledge of how to navigate a career in the nonprofit world.

BREAKING INTO ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment can be a rough and tumble industry for a novice. In this edition of Bruin Career Insights, Brad Hall provides his insider knowledge and learn how to kick-start a career in entertainment.

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