Harness the power of the Alumni Network by connecting with UCSC grads from all different fields in our 2021 Alumni Summer Career Series! Our 6 session series kicks off July 14th, and continues every other week throughout the summer. With plenty of opportunities to speak with successful alumni in smaller breakout sessions, and ask questions to qualified presenters, our Summer Series will undoubtedly give you all the advice you need! 

Where Do I begin!
7/14/21, 12-1pm
Struggling to find a job after graduation? Learn how different fields have changed with the remote job market, and gain insigh itnto what steps you should take to get a start on your career! Join alumni from STEM, Humanities, and Social Science departments to talk through what steps you should take as you begin your journey.
You can still check out the recording of this event here!

Sareil Brookins, Stevenson College ‘19, majored in Intensive Psychology, and Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (with an emphasis on the African diaspora). During her time at UCSC, Sareil was a part of many organizations such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Planning Committee, Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Student Working Group, Humanities Undergraduate Student Committee, Student Health Outreach, & Promotion, Black Sistahs United, and much more. Since her recent graduation, she is now the academic advisor for the University of Maryland College Park at their Shady Grove campus and previously held the role of a Student Success Coach at the University of Maryland Global Campus. In her free time, she is involved with the UCSC Alumni Council, spending time with her furbaby, and going to weekly karaoke nights. You can contact her on LinkedIn and on the UCSC Career Advice Network

riepe_1.jpg Michael Riepe, Oakes College ’91, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. In 1998 he earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. His specialty is in the area of Electronic Design Automation software for FPGAs and VLSI integrated circuits. He is also interested in architectures and compilers for machine learning acceleration processors. He is currently a Senior Principal Engineer at Achronix Semiconductor in Santa Clara, CA. When he is not designing chips, Michael enjoys photography, traveling, trail running, mountain, and backcountry skiing. You can contact him on Linkedin and the UCSC Career Advice Network. He is hiring software engineers. 
tgreene_portrait_20170708_001.jpg Thomas Greene, Kresge College ‘82, received his BA in Physics from UCSC and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. He is now an astrophysicist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. He conducts observational studies of exoplanets and young stars and develops astronomical technologies and instrumentation. Before joining NASA, Tom worked in the semiconductor manufacturing industry in Silicon Valley, was on the faculty of the University of Hawaii, served on the staff of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, and worked on astronomical observatories at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA. He is a co-investigator on the NIRCam and MIRI science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope. While at NASA Ames, he has served as the Director of the Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies, Project Scientist of the SOFIA mission, and Chief of the Astrophysics Branch.
johanna-image.png Johanna Rodriguez, Oakes College '14, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics with a minor in Legal Studies. Johanna is a Los Angeles native. Having grown up in Watts, she returned to the LA area after her time at UCSC. After graduating, Johanna interned for Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino, assisting in daily operations of the office and event organizing. In addition, she spent nearly 4 years working for San Jose City Council Councilmember Tam Nguyen, working on neighborhoods, gang prevention, code enforcement, housing and homelessness, as well as public safety issues. For the past three years, she has served as the Watts & Harbor Representative for Mayor Eric Garcetti. You can contact Johanna on LinkedIn
Interviewing 101
7/28/21, 12-1pm
Learn tips and strategies to ace your next job interview! Join us for leading interview advice from fellow Slug alumni, as well as a Q&A with certified career coaches. With the opportunity to take a crash course in interviewing, as well as answer mock interview questions, you will learn how to navigate through the interview process with ease.
You can still check out the recording of this event here!
sarah-high_res.jpg Sarah Davidson (Cowell, '19) is currently a Full Cycle Technical Recruiter onsite at Microsoft via Search Wizards. She is also the founder of Red Thread Services which is a career coaching passion of hers. She started this business because she truly believes in helping others unlock their full potential. A fun fact about her is that she was adopted from China at the age of 2 1/2 years old. In her free time she likes going to the gym, cooking new recipes, and hanging with friends and family. Sarah loves empowering others and looks forward to meeting new people.
karen-img_3447.jpg Karen Zellers (she/her) is a recent UCSC graduate (Crown, '19) and current Recruiter at Amazon Web Services. She applied to 187 jobs during her senior year at UCSC before ending up at Amazon, so she is enthusiastic about helping others in their career journey.

Shane Hillers (Oakes, '12) graduated from UCSC in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Modern Literary Studies. He moved to Santa Cruz from Victorville in 2008 with the dream of being a screenplay writer. Today, he leads the go-to-market strategy for the G Suite sales team at Google Cloud. It wasn’t the most textbook formula on how he got to where he is today, but Shane learned a lot along the way and hopes to help others. He still lives in Santa Cruz because the beach and redwoods are hard for him to give up. And outside of work—he enjoys the outdoors, basketball, reading and grabbing a drink. Eventually he wants to walk away from the technology industry to start his own business and finally write that novel.
headshot.png Christopher Hsiao (College Nine, '18) graduated from UCSC and started as a new grad Software Engineer at Google a few months after receiving his degree. As a first year at UCSC, he explored UI/UX design with two startups, and after deciding to pursue engineering, he interned with OpenDNS (now Cisco Umbrella) during his 3rd and 4th years. Today, he works on Android Engineering Productivity, which aims to improve developer productivity across all aspects from code management to build and test infrastructure. He has been an active interviewer for the last 2 years, since early 2019. Also, he has been actively offering mock interviews, interview and prep advice, job search tips, and resume reviews to students, alumni, and friends. The tech industry from internships to your first job can be a difficult and daunting one to break into, so he looks forward to helping out in any way he can.
Being your authentic-self at work
8/11/21, 12-1pm
Discover how to remain true to your values, perspectives, and identity in your career. Speak to alumni from diverse backgrounds to learn how being your authentic self can benefit your career.


To Grad School, or not?
8/25/21, 12-1pm
Explore different paths after undergrad in this event. Whether it's choosing to enter grad school, the workforce, or both, this event will help you make a more informed decision on what path is best for you.


First Paycheck, what to do?
9/8/21, 12-1pm
Learn the ins and outs of spending, saving, and investing in this session. Whether you're new to the world of finance, or looking to spruce up your financial literacy skills, this event is for you! Discover the best way to use a paycheck, and make your money work for you.


When to Look for a new job!
9/22/21, 12-1pm
Join UCSC alums to discuss when it's the right time to look for a new job. Whether it's to gain new skills, find a better job environment, or to do something you love, discover the best way to take the next step in your career journey! And learn how to utilize skills from your current job in order to be successful in your next. 



If you have any questions, email us at alumni@ucsc.edu