Career Development

Career Counseling / Job Resources / Volunteer Resources



Coming to a new country, or even a new city, can be exciting, but at the same time, unsettling, disorienting, even overwhelming. Perhaps you’ve left behind a job or career, friends, family, familiar cultural and physical surroundings.  How will you spend your time in this new environment? How do you find your place and maintain or develop a sense of identity and purpose?

If you are concerned about your career or professional development, and are considering looking for work (paid or volunteer), Dinorah Meyer will provide one-on-one career counseling appointments for UC Berkeley's spouses and partners at her private practice in San Francisco at no cost to spouses and partners.


  • clarify what you want from work and make career decisions
  • understand what motivates you and if applicable, get unstuck and mobilized
  • learn how to research and explore the world of work online and through informational interviewing
  • gain knowledge of U.S. work culture
  • engage in job search strategies, including networking to discover opportunities
  • recognize and communicate your unique strengths in writing (on resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile) and at interviews
  • address work-related stress and conflicts
  • manage competing work, family and other priorities
  • advance professionally or pursue further education
  • navigate the ups and downs of transitions


One-on-One Career Counseling


All spouses and partners of UC Berkeley postdocs, visiting scholars, and visiting student researchers are eligible to apply.  If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the registration form using this link.  Upon receipt of your registration form, the VSPA Program will email you to confirm your eligibility.  Once you have been confirmed, the VSPA office will contact you to let you know that you may schedule a counseling appointment with the counselor, Dinorah Meyer.





Job Resources


Linkedin group for all partners and spouses of UC Berkeley affiliates. Great discussion forum for all job seekers in the Bay Area.

Career Center UC Berkeley:
The Career Center website of UC Berkeley lists current job offers and job fairs, gives advice for resume and cover letter creation, and provides many other resources. Please note that the Career Center resources are currently only available to postdocs, visiting scholars, and visiting student researchers. Please contact the VSPA office for questions.

Career Counseling at the Berkeley City Library:
The Berkeley City Library offers regular drop-in career counseling for free. Please contact your local branch for updated career counseling times.

Versatile PhD
Versatile PhD is a web-based resource that can help demystify non-academic careers and reveal a range of professions that utilize the skills you are developing as a postdoc or while in graduate school.   You can use Versatile PhD anytime, from any computer, confidentially.  You can find both academia and non-academia jobs as well as online bulletin boards where members can discuss their career paths.   Because you are a VSPA affiliate at the University of California, Berkeley, you get access to the Premium Content Area where those high-quality written materials are stored.  Please note that this resource requires a UC Berkeley CalNet login to use. 

Job Forum Chamber of Commerce San Francisco:
The Job Forum aims to help people help themselves in their job search. Their approach is on intelligently planning and conducting the job finding campaign. They offer customized brainstorming and problem solving to job seekers every Wednesday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 235 Montgomery Street, 12 Floor, San Francisco.

East Bay Careers:
Listings of local employment opportunities and additional job resources in the Bay Area.

Social network for job seekers. The platform offers various job field-specific online networking groups.

Passport Career:
The world is waiting for you to discover your career in new, distant, and unique places. Passport career is your portal of entry to explore, learn and access useful country-specific career information and resources.

Work Coach Café:
Blog by career coach Ronnie Ann with blog posts all about the job hunt, including tips for the interview, resume writing and preparation for job fairs.


Volunteer Resources


Search volunteering opportunities by topic, time, and location:

Volunteer Info

Volunteer Match

Volunteering at UC Berkeley:

Volunteer at Tang Center

Volunteer at Greater Good

Volunteer at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Local Volunteering Opportunities:

Alameda Food Bank

Berkeley Public Schools

Oakland Children‘s Hospital

Berkeley Public Library

YWCA Berkeley/Oakland