The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Career Center’s mission is to cultivate the entrepreneurial mindset of all CALS students. We work with all academic units in CALS to support students in their career planning and for successful careers post-graduation. CALS students are prepared to make immediate impact in their chosen career and for the careers of the future.
The CALS Career Center staff strive to provide personalized services to current CALS students, faculty and staff, as well as collaborating with alumni and employers to support development of the entrepreneurial mindset and find internship and full-time opportunities for graduating students.
- Career Preparation - including resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, personal statements
- Career Development - planning for development of career competencies and transferable skills
- Collaboration with faculty and staff for class presentations
- Collaboration with employers for student workshops and career fairs
- Collaboration with student groups for student club presentations
- Resources related to graduate school planning
- State of the art virtual interviewing and meeting facilities
For Student Career Development Planning
To support students in the career development and planning process, the CALS Career Center has developed two documents offering suggestions for each stage of the academic career.
CALS Career Prep Plan - This document outlines different aspects of a student’s academic career and offers suggestions about ways to be successful and engaged in the academic experience.
CALS Competencies Plan - This document, under the umbrella of the entrepreneurial mindset, defines the CALS Competencies and current list of top employer skills. It then offers suggested activities students can complete in the beginning, middle, and end of the academic career to build these skills and competencies. The PDF also includes a blank version that students can utilize to help them plan for career development or create the narrative around the skills they are developing.
Networking (Including Elevator Pitch, LinkedIn, and Informational Interviews)
Picture Your Career (from Vanderbilt University and appropriate for individuals at all levels of their career)
For Student Appointments and Virtual Drop-in Hours
Handshake is the primary platform for job and internship postings and student recruitment - the first stop in the career search process for employers and students. The CALS Career Center also has a library of past workshops and other Career Center sessions, as well as resources beneficial for students.
Employers and students may login today to begin the recruitment process. Handshake is available in a web browser and via mobile app. This is a great way for students to ensure they can discover jobs on the go and to stay on track with reminders for application deadlines and direct messages from employers.
The CALS Career Center staff post available appointments and virtual drop-in hours on Handshake. If you need assistance in learning how to do this, please contact Valeria Martinez, Career Development Coordinator.
To better serve employers seeking to connect with CALS students, the CALS Career Center provides a variety of support:
- Highlight employment opportunities in Handshake
- Coordinate campus and virtual visits
- Space for on-campus interviewing
- Serve as liaisons to the academic units in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
All job postings should be shared via Handshake as that is the University tool for on-campus recruiting. If you have any questions or would like to discuss an engagement strategy specific to students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, please contact Bridget Radcliff, Assistant Director.
Please note: All employer-related events are currently being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Dean’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Council
The Dean’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Council (DELC) is a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) student leadership group hosted in the CALS Career Center. The DELC provides a select group of service leaders with opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial mindset through the creation and facilitation of peer-focused career and entrepreneurial development activities and programs for CALS students.
Members of the DELC participate in weekly meetings to cultivate and perfect their entrepreneurial mindset. Members represent all academic units in CALS and collaborate to offer programming to support their peers in developing the entrepreneurial mindset.
Students interested in applying to be considered for the DELC should meet the following requirements:
1) Should have strong interest and commitment to developing your individual entrepreneurial mindset.
2) Should have strong interest and commitment to developing programs to support peer development of the entrepreneurial mindset.
3) Be committed to collaborating with peers to support the entrepreneurial mindset in CALS.
4) Be a currently active major in CALS.
5) Graduating no earlier than Spring 2022.
6) Be available to meet in the spring semester on Mondays from 10am-10:50am bi-weekly beginning Monday, February 8, 2021.
7) Submit application of interest no later than Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5pm.
Please note: The application will require authentication from your University account for access. For more information please contact Bridget Radcliff, Assistant Director.
Career Center Facilities
CALS Career Center Facilities include the Martori Board Room (Capacity 12) as well as our Dan Klingenberg or Tom & Mary Lou Edwards Interview Suites (Capacity 4). All of which can be scheduled for one time meetings based upon availability and Career Center Facilities Policies. For more information about reserving the space please email Valeria Martinez, Career Development Coordinator.
Please note: The CALS Career Center Facilities are currently unavailable due to closure related to COVID-19.
Dr. Matthew Mars, Director
Matt has always had a distaste for complacency and the status quo, which is why he has made innovation and entrepreneurial leadership his career focus. His entrepreneurial fight against the "same,old, same old" has culminated in nearly 20 years of experience as an entrepreneurial leadership educator and scholar. As Associate Professor of Leadership and Innovation in the Department of Agriculture Education, Technology and Innovation, Matt teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that span social innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and community development. His research agenda generally aims to better understand how entrepreneurial strategies influence organizational transformation, community development, and movements for change. Matt cherishes the opportunity to lead in the transformation of the CALS Career Center into a nationally recognized model of excellence in career and entrepreneurial leadership development.
Bridget Wade Radcliff, Assistant Director
Bridget has worked in higher education advising, support services, and academic administration for over 20 years. She earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and MPA in Natural Resource Policy from the University of Arizona. Bridget took a short break from higher education and worked at the Udall Foundation in environmental conflict resolution, with a focus on projects in the Missouri River Basin and in Native America affairs. She returned to higher education to continue her passion for supporting students as they navigate their college careers and prepare for post-college life.
Valeria Martinez, Development Coordinator
Valeria is a native Tucsonan and a two-time alumnus of the University of Arizona. Valeria received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Latin American Studies in 2011. After graduation, Valeria worked as a full-time professional with Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Advancement with the University of Arizona planning recruitment events for donors, prospective incoming students, and high school counselors from around the nation. While working full-time, Valeria attended graduate school earning a Master of Arts in Library Information Sciences in 2015. Soon after, she took a position with the Institute of the Environment managing room reservations at ENR2, creating space management analysis reports, and giving building tours on the sustainable features of the building to the UA and Tucson community. Valeria's passion for public higher education brought her to the CALS Career Center to help guide students on the journey to become successful young professionals.