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UC Alumni Career Network: Professional presence in a (suddenly) remote world

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UC Alumni Career Network: Professional Presence

Working remotely has become a new reality for many of us. The UC Alumni Career Network recently held a special presentation, “Professional presence in a (suddenly) remote world,” filled with advice on how to navigate this unfamiliar territory to cultivate a remote professional presence and lead effective virtual meetings.

UC Vice Provost Yvette Gullatt chatted with UC San Diego alumna Jessica Chen, founder and CEO of Soulcast Media, about the ins and outs of creating a professional online presence, including:

  • Strategies to project a professional presence via webcam
  • Insights on virtual backgrounds – when to use and when they are a distraction
  • Scheduling and leading effective online meetings
  • Effectively navigating interruptions or background noise while working from home
  • Techniques job seekers should take when interviewing remotely
  • Advice to improve professional presence via remote interactions
  • And more!

Watch the presentation on LinkedIn or Facebook now! Plus, subscribe to the Alumni Career Network to stay up to date with all upcoming events.

For questions, please contact Katrina.Ward@ucop.edu.

Meet Yvette

Yvette Gullatt has more than 20 years of experience in diversity and institutional equity leadership. She currently serves as Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and interim vice president for Student Affairs for the UC system. In these roles, she provides strategic leadership and advice for translating UC’s vision of inclusive excellence into sustainable policies, practices and programs. Yvette has doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley. Her research interests include early African-American life writing and Afro-Christian discourses of community development and nationalism. You can view an earlier Career Insights livestream moderated by Yvette on the UC LinkedIn page.

Meet Jessica

UC San Diego alumna Jessica Chen is the founder and CEO of Soulcast Media, the world’s first communications relations agency and is a former Emmy-Award winning reporter who spent nearly 10 years in television news. Jessica has refined the art of communicating and has developed a formula for building meaningful connections that translate in business. She is on a mission to help professionals, entrepreneurs and executives build their confidence in speaking authentically, and to teach the use of storytelling to create connection and engagement on various media platforms.

About the UC Alumni Career Network

The UC Alumni Career Network is a high-impact online series that gathers UC alumni systemwide to provide real-world professional advice on an array of career-driven topics. Whether you’re just starting your professional career or are a long-term employee who’s ready to take advantage of the many career paths available at UC, the Alumni Career Network is an excellent resource. 

Join us for more April events!

Your job search during COVID-19

Wednesday, April 15 | 12-12:30 p.m. (LinkedIn Live and Facebook Live)

Has the global health crisis impacted your job search or employment status? Join us for a 30-minute, high impact livestream on April 15. UC Vice Provost Yvette Gullatt will interview career expert and UC Santa Barbara alumna, Dana Manciagli. Dana will offer concrete tips to help you maximize your job search, identify job leads and remain positive during times of change. Tune in live on LinkedIn or Facebook. 

Subscribe to the Alumni Career Network to receive a link to the recording.

Career advancement: Tips for managing others

Tuesday, April 21 | 12 – 1 p.m. (Via Zoom)

For many, career growth is accompanied by the added responsibility of managing others. Learn techniques to expand and enhance your management skills through this one-hour, interactive webinar. Whether you’re an early career professional who aspires to lead a team, a new manager looking for tips to develop your supervisory skills, or an experienced supervisor in search of new insights to motivate your team, this webinar will discuss the ins and outs of managing and inspiring others. This event will feature Chris MacLaughlin, chief marketing officer of IBM’s Global Partner Ecosystem in conversation with Rose Nakamoto, director of the Santa Clara University Career Center.

Register: Career advancement

Prescription for success: Advice from fellow health care/medical leaders on professional success in mid-career and beyond

Thursday, April 23 | 12 – 1 p.m. (Via Zoom)

Not only are health care and medicine among the most popular fields for UC alumni, these professions often top the list of occupations with the highest burnout rates. Join us in April 2020 for an in-depth e-conversation with fellow UC alumni working in health care and medicine to discuss positioning yourself for long-term professional success. From finding your professional fit and navigating career change to advancing into leadership positions or shifting away from patient-centered work, this panel will offer insights and advice to help you prepare for your next career steps. While this webinar is open to all UC alumni, the content of this program is specifically designed for mid and later career professionals in the fields of health care and medicine.

Register: Prescription for success

For questions, please contact Katrina.Ward@ucop.edu.

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