Career Coaching

Learning & Development is pleased to partner with Debbie Melnikoff, Certified Career coach and founder of Third Wave Career Coaching, to provide confidential, robust and targeted career development support for UC Santa Cruz employees. It is available to all UC Santa Cruz staff who are past probation.

My UC Career

The Career Coaching program is built around the new My UC Career tool, available to all UC employees. Six self-paced modules help employees discover their internal UC career mobility options, highlight accomplishments and identify how they can achieve their career goals within the UC and UC Santa Cruz.

Career Development Workshops:

The Career Coaching program offers three unique workshops, taught by Debbie Melnikoff. Employees should register for these workshops through the UC Learning Center. It is recommended that employees attend these workshops in sequence. Scotts Valley Center workshops are Zoom-capable!

Managing Your Career at UCSC Workshop

  • This workshop introduces employees to the ‘My UC Career Portal’ and the benefits of working with a career coach.
  • Topics will include: The importance of managing one’s own career in today’s marketplace; tools and resources available at UCSC (online portal and career coaching) for employees to manage their careers; how to sign up for career coaching including prerequisites for coaching.

Tell Your Story Workshop

  • Participants should prepare by completing the ‘Tell Your Story’ Module in ‘My UC Career.’
  • Participants will develop a compelling story that can be used later in networking situations, interviews and content for cover letters and LinkedIn profiles. Additionally, participants will get to practice their memorable pitches in class.

Navigating Your Network Workshop

  • Participants should prepare by completing the ‘Tell Your Story’ and ‘Network and Research’ modules in ‘My UC Career.’
  • Participants will learn strategies for developing their professional network. They will learn to adopt a ‘consultant’s’ mindset to identify opportunities within UCSC that maximize their potential and develop the necessary connections to help them navigate their next career move. Time will also be devoted to getting the most out of LinkedIn.
Upcoming Workshops

Please refer to our Learning & Development Calendar for the most up to date scheduling information!

Managing My UCSC Career (1 hour)

Tell Your Story (2 hours)

Navigating Your Network (2 hours, Registration available soon)

Individual Career Coaching Sessions:

In order to take full advantage of this limited free resource, we ask employees prepare ahead of time. Please complete the ‘Get Started’ module in ‘My UC Career’ and provide a Goal Statement at their first session describing the three most important goals they wish to attain by working with a Career Coach.

Contact Learning & Development (learninganddevelopment@ucsc.edu) with “Career Coaching Appointment” in the subject line to schedule coaching appointments in Kerr Hall or Scotts Valley Center. Sessions may take place via telephone at the discretion of the Career Coach.

Confidentiality and Cancellations:

Confidentiality – If employees request to keep sessions confidential from their supervisor, Learning & Development will maintain confidentiality, making calendar invitations viewable to attendees only, and offer telephone consultation as needed.

Cancellations – Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance by contacting learninganddevelopment@ucsc.edu. Please use the subject line “Career Coaching Appointment Cancellation” when emailing. We understand emergencies happen, but due to the limited nature of this resource, any no-shows will not be allowed to reschedule.