Career Connection

Career Connection

Career Connection is an initiative by the UCSB Department of Economics to assist students in their crucial transition from college to career. Through a number of practical and professionally oriented activities, Career Connection enables students to capitalize on the academic training they receive through the department’s regular curriculum.

Moss Adams Dedication
Moss Adams LLP’s partners and associates recently participated in the naming of the Moss Adams LLP Suite, which houses the Career Connection program.  This generous donation from the Moss Adams Foundation allows the program to maintain its facilities and support students.

Contact Us

Career Connection is located in the Moss Adams LLP Suite - North Hall 2119.

Monday - ​Friday

Drop-in Advising:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

By Appointment:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For general questions, please email

For advising appointments please bring printed copies of anything you'd like reviewed.

Career Connection Programs & Activities

Career Advising

Staff in the Career Connection office are available daily to provide students with information and advice about a variety of career-related activities ranging from resume writing to career choice. A significant portion of staff time is devoted to advising students about options for fulfilling CPA licensing requirements.

Strategic Business Program

Career Connection organizes and operates the Strategic Business Program (SBP) through UCSB Extension, providing students with practical training in areas not covered in the Department’s academic courses. This program was primarily created to provide accounting students with additional course options to help them satisfy CPA licensing requirements. It also provides an opportunity to involve practicing professionals in the education of our students. More information here.

Career Connection Spring Speaker Series

Career Connection has spent years building its connections with alumni and industry professionals, and this is a wonderful way to bring those connections directly to the students. On Fridays throughout the Spring Quarter, Career Connection hosts lectures by influential alumni and inspiring industry professionals to give students the opportunity to hear about different career paths, and to show them its often a winding road to success. A select group of students, our Career Connection Fellows, go through a professional development training session and gain a fellowship as well as the opportunity to have an intimate lunch with the speakers in the series. See this year's speakers here.

Transfer Tutors

The Economics Department has partnered with the recently established Transfer Student Center to give additional resources to transfer students in order to help with the process of getting acclimated to the University setting. Transfers are saddled with the difficult task of meeting thresholds to get into the major during their very first quarter at UCSB. The Transfer Tutors are transfer students who are in the major who tutor new transfers and help answer questions about adapting to UCSB compared to their previous institutions.

Gretler Fellows

The Economics Department and the Gretler Foundation have created this Fellowship in order to encourage undergraduates to engage in research at UCSB, a top-tier research university. This program provides a stipend for the undergraduate as well as research funding for the faculty member, encouraging students to learn from top researchers in their fields of study. See more research opportunities fro undergraduates here.

Career Connection Peer Advisors

The Economics Department sponsors a peer advising program throughout the academic year. Outstanding upper-division students are employed and trained to offer assistance with career advising, CPA advising, internship and job advice, and other general office duties.

PwC Programming Module

Partnering with Big 4 accounting firm PwC, the Department of Economics teaches an introduction to two computational programming languages, Stata & R, to undergraduates. The module is taught by 3rd and 4th year undergraduates once each quarter, to give students a broad introduction to these important marketable skills.

Lunch with Alums

The Economics Department believes that it is extremely important for students to converse with industry professionals in their prospective fields. We regularly hold free lunches throughout each quarter for students to chat with successful alums, allowing some students their first professional interactions before heading out to the job market. We feel that this sort of "straight from the source" Q&A setting is extremely valuable to our students in helping them discover what that want to do after UCSB. If you're an alumni interested to sharing your knowledge and connecting with our students, please contact Alina​ Harper or ​Courtney Visueta.

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