M.S. Professional Development

The Economics Department offers professional development services through the mandatory ECON 294B seminar series (weekly during winter and spring) and optional mock interviews. We also supplement these offerings with self service resources as seen below. 

Below are several resources for career exploration, alumni mentorship, networking, informational interviews, and developing your resume, curriculum vitae (CV), cover letter, and interviewing skills to help you prepare and begin networking with prospective employers.  The Graduate Division also provides graduate students with professional development through group events and individual mentoring. During the academic year, they provide panel discussions, workshops, and other events to help you identify potential careers, within and outside of academia, and prepare for and transition into those careers. More information can be viewed on their Graduate Horizons webpage.

Career Exploration

Career Assessments

How to find a workplace with the right culture for you by Natalie Lundsteen Feburary 10, 2020

Why career self-assessments matter by Natalie Lundsteen January 23, 2017

10 best career sites to land your dream job by Mike Podesto 

Networking and Public Speaking

LinkedIn for Students (resources for students to know the benefits of a LinkedIn profile and presence)

Career Advice Network (CAN)

UCSC M.S. in Applied Economics and Finance LinkedIn Group

TEDxUCDavis: Communicate for Success with Michael C. Webb

Mastering the Art of Presenting by Christine Kelly February 6, 2017

Tips for Helping Students Perfect Their Elevator Pitches by NACE Staff September 6, 2019

21 Tips for Surviving a Networking Event by Elena Haskins January 6, 2019

Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Resources

Quick Application and Interview Tips

UCSC Career Center

Informational Interviews (click here for Word Doc)

CV Worksheet (click here for Word Doc)

Resume and Interview Tips (click here for Word Doc)

Resume Worksheet (click here for Word Doc)

Sample Resumes (click here for Word Doc)

Cover Letter Guide 

What Is Your Work Style by Indeed Editorial February 22, 2021

Key Attributes Employers Want to See on Students' Resumes by NACE January 13, 2020

STAR Method (Interview Technique) by Indeed Editorial April 29, 2022

Thank You Notes, How to and Why?: Indeed Thank You Notes Resource May 3, 2022

NACE Career Competencies & Transferable Skills, List of Competencies (PDF)

Transferable Skills by Coursera April 28, 2022

More Career Coaching? Daily Muse (Job/Career) Coaching  

Practice Virtual Interviewing: UCSC Career Center x Big Interview

Job Market and Industry Information

Buffer Open Salaries 

levels.fyi (salary info for tech companies)

College Grads: 8 Pros And Cons Of Working In A Startup by Pranam Lipinski May 30, 2017

PwC's Financial Services Institute (timely and thought-provoking publications on financial services issues)

How a Specialized Business Master's Degree Can Boost Your Career by Barbara Coward November 10, 2016

Supplemental Professional Development Resources for Underrepresented Groups

OUT for Work 

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce 

Reaching Out MBA 

Black Career Network (Jobs)

National Economic Association 

Asia Society (Jobs, Events) 

Asian American Professional Association (Mentorship)

US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce 

National Association of Asian American Professionals 

LatPro (Jobs) 

iHispano (Jobs) 

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) 

Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA)