Engineering and Tech Career Conference
UC Berkeley Career Center
2440 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-4350
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mark your calendars! Every fall the Career Center hosts the Engineering/Tech Career Conference in collaboration with the College of Engineering. This year’s conference is sponsored by AT&T and Everlaw and is co-hosted by Berkeley Hispanic Engineers & Scientists. The goal of the conference is to support, educate and empower Cal students interested in a variety of careers in engineering and tech. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to learn how to prepare for success in the upcoming recruiting season.
Saturday, August 27
Bechtel Engineering Center
8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Check-in and breakfast | 8:30
Welcome | 9 a.m.
Associate Dean and Executive Director
UC Berkeley Career Center
Director of Student Programming
Engineering Student Services, College of Engineering
Keynote session | 9:15 a.m.
Join the conference keynote session to hear from Clyde Rodriguez, VP of Security at Meta, about the future of jobs in engineering and tech, the skills students will need to develop for this future work, and the nature of hybrid work you can expect.
Clyde Rodriguez (B.S.‘95 EECS) is a technology executive, entrepreneur, and recipient of UC Berkeley’s 2020 EECS Distinguished Alumni Award. He began his career as an AI-based robotics researcher and developer at Stanford Research Institute and went on to work for Steve Jobs’ NeXT Inc. He joined Microsoft and led the development of the company’s first commercial 64-bit Windows operating systems and was an early member of Microsoft’s Azure engineering leadership team where he created and led the Cloud Networking team. Clyde also worked as the Chief of Staff and Technology Advisor to the CEO of semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations on the use of technology for global development, served on the Board of MIT’s One Laptop per Child, and has mentored Brooklyn youth building robots for competition. He was a finalist for the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship in Leadership and is the founder of Eleva Mobility (pronounced “eh-leh-va”), a socially focused technology startup. He is currently a Vice President of Engineering at Meta.
Breakout sessions | 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Kicking Off a Job and Internship Search
Not sure how to navigate the job/internship search process? A panel of industry professionals, students, and alumni will share helpful advice on applying for jobs and internships.
Building A Network
Hear from industry panelists on how to leverage referrals and network with professionals to learn more about tech opportunities. Learn how to get started, professional and effective outreach strategies, questions to ask, and tips for building connections and a solid network to facilitate your internship or job search.
Acing Your Technical Interview
Industry recruiters will share how they assess your technical knowledge, skills, and abilities and provide tips on how to perform well in technical interviews. Get insight on how to prepare for your interview, answer questions, and what to do after a technical interview to set yourself up for success.
Deal or No Deal
You just landed a job offer (or multiple job offers). What do you do? Don’t panic! Marvin Lopez, director of student programs for Engineering Student Services at Berkeley, will teach you how to turn a job offer into an awesome job offer. You’ll leave knowing how to compare job offers, negotiate offers and arrive at a win-win solution.
Finding and Fostering Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace
It can seem challenging to find a sense of community in a new job or internship. Alumni and industry professionals will participate in a panel discussion on how organizations can foster belonging and inclusion in the workplace. They will also provide resources and strategies to help students create community in the workplace.
Alumni Networking Lunch | Noon–1 p.m.
Join us for an alumni networking lunch to conclude the conference and to help you prepare for careers in engineering and tech. You will have the opportunity to meet with alumni and industry professionals to ask questions about their career journey and their current position, such as, what a day is like in their job and what it’s like to work at their company. The goal is to learn valuable information and make new connections as you navigate the job or internship search process.