Philip Ziman, MBA, is the new HR Management chair for UCSC Extension.

Silicon Valley Extension welcomes alum as new HR program chair

For Philip Ziman, the new chair of the Human Resource Management program, teaching at Extension is coming home to his UC Santa Cruz roots.

“There are just no programs out there that offer the kind of Silicon Valley expertise and flexibility that students can get here,” he says.

Addressing the Nation’s Physician Shortage

In the midst of a nationwide physician shortage, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension announces a new University of California Premed Postbaccalaureate program in Silicon Valley this fall.

Semiconductors: A Global Restructuring Needs Skilled People

We are in the midst of a global restructuring of the semiconductor supply chain and training enough people to meet demand is going to be a challenge. Read more about the shifting global industry shifts in PK Agarwal’s latest blog from UCSC Silicon Valley Extension.

You’re hired. What’s your next move?

Before you start your new job, you can prepare, meet the boss, set up, a plan to advance your career, and scope out the organization’s needs.

Dean PK Agarwal offers up these tips to get started, even before you start your job.

Acing the Final Interview

In the job search journey, when you finally get to talk to the hiring manager, it’s the most competitive it’s going to be. Everyone in the candidate pool is qualified to do the job. Learn more about how you can differentiate yourself in this blog by UCSC Santa Cruz Dean P.K. Agarwal.

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Managing risk in international projects

For an international project management leader, it’s not easy finding a way through the complexities of regulation, procurement, regional monetary systems, and customs that span several countries. A project will stall in one country and then another—sometimes all at once.

Mentoring Experience from Software Quality Engineers

A software technology mentorship panel with more than 100 years of shared experience offer some practical advice about how to get ahead in the industry.

Ready for the 10-minute phone interview?

There are several key steps to securing a new job. In this blog, UCSC Silicon Valley Dean PK Agarwal talks about how to ace the initial interview with a hiring manager.

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Getting your foot in the door

Applying for a job can be a daunting task, here’s part 3 in a blog series about the job search—a step-by-step strategic map for the job hunt by UCSC Extension Dean P.K. Agarwal.

He’s included a few great tips for ensuring you have the best chance for success…

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Laid off. Crisis or Opportunity?

We’ve seen thousands of layoffs in the San Francisco Bay area alone and if you’ve experienced this kind of sudden change, it can be an emotional roller coaster. Here’s some advice from UCSC Silicon Valley Dean P.K. Agarwal about how to set yourself for a better opportunity.

UC Santa Cruz teams with TiE Global to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life

By Abby Butler UC Santa Cruz and TiE Global are establishing the Destination Silicon Valley program to leverage the Silicon Valley…

Data Privacy: Tools to Navigate the Regulatory Landscape

Silicon Valley researcher Tom Rico Pamukcu who teaches Data Privacy and Security for Healthcare and Biosciences at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension helps students sort through the incredible complexity of clinical trial data.

Instructor Earns Roddenberry Fellowship

Researcher Tom Rico Pamukcu, a UCSC Silicon Valley clinical trials instructor, has received the Roddenberry Fellowship for his work launching, a startup that gives more people the opportunity to participate in the clinical trials they need.

Flexibility: Reinventing the classroom

As the pandemic moderates and we welcome students back to campus, UCSC Silicon Valley has been  rethinking the classroom. Introducing the flex classroom, a blend of in-person and remote live learning so students can choose on any given day, where they want to attend class. 

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UCSC SV Business Students Gain New Path to NDNU MBA

Business Administration students at UCSC Silicon Valley Professional Education have an expanded opportunity to grow their career, thanks to a new partnership agreement that invites them to transfer credits toward a Master of Business Administration degree at Notre Dame de Namur University.

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Digital Competency is a Survival Issue

From the Dean’s Desk:
Digital Competency is a Survival Issue—The most prominent characteristic of the novice can be the fear of looking and feeling incompetent, but the people who excel are the ones who maintain their basic digital competencies. Those are the ones who help their organizations transform and succeed. 

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Veteran imagines UX design job pipeline

A career in UX design is a long way from working as a Navy photographer and plunging 91 feet to the ocean floor to document explosive ordinance cleanups off the coast of Africa.

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Is online learning working for you?

In the post-pandemic world, an open Silicon Valley campus will mean various channels of online learning for professionals who are upskilling for a brighter future. UCSC SIlicon Valley is heading there now.

Career wisdom from the rink

So much of our career success is determined by where we set our gaze, the goals we set for ourselves, the relationships we build and the risks we take. When I was growing up, I was fascinated by computer technologies. I dove passionately into the world of technology and it has been quite a journey. 

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Diversity in Leadership

Much has been said in recent years about diversity and inequity in the workplace. Here in Silicon Valley, corporate leaders have promised to increase diversity for years. Many past efforts, however, have only been marginally effective, at best. The historic legacy has been difficult to shift.

The Exciting Growth of IoT

Just about every sector of consumer products and industry will be influenced by the IoT revolution creating many jobs in diverse industries. Learn more about the new UCSC Silicon Valley IoT specialization.

Putting Agile to Work

Neville Mistry, a project management consultant at Kairos Power, juggled multi-million-dollar project management responsibilities for several years before returning to school to boost his career.