Director of Outreach, SPARR Food Donations Program (Current Employee) – Berkeley, CA – April 23, 2018
Working at UCB has been one of the most educational and fulfilling experiences in my professional development. The workplace culture varies widely by department, but there is no shortage of perks like free lunches, nap pods, professional development programs both in-house and out for some of the best learning experiences around. The work-life balance is talked about a lot, however, the UCB community is renowned for exceeding all expectations, even if it means sacrificing sleep or working on weekends. A typical day could include everything from a team meeting, to teaching a workshop to transitioning students, to providing supports to a struggling student or meeting with Chancellors and Directors to advocate for services and supports. There's ample opportunity to be politically involved with this community, but its not nearly as 'liberal' as some think, some have experienced negative repercussions for involvement in the political sphere. The best part of the job was that every day involved a new opportunity to stretch one's skills and develop both professionally and personally. The hardest part is that UCB is it's own little universe, and sometimes it doesn't follow ''standard procedure" outside of the academic environment, there is a lot of bureaucracy involved, and change comes very slowly. It is a demanding environment and you will find that the time flies by, sometimes without anyone noticing that you haven't had a break or eaten lunch and its already 4 o'clock!
Seniority valued over skill