Tina Avakian

Associate Director, Industry Engagement

My role at UC San Diego

I have the privilege to develop and cultivate corporate relationships with top employers recruiting our arts and humanities students, and to continue building a recruitment pipeline between companies and UC San Diego.

My career path

Before my time with UCSD, I worked within talent acquisition for a Fortune 250 company where I led on-campus recruiting efforts for multiple regions. My experience will provide a better understanding of the challenges our busy recruiters face. This will allow me to better meet their needs on campus and develop stronger alliance with the Career Center.

The rewards in doing what I do

My passion is helping others. I help employers connect with and retain top talent from UCSD, and provide students a chance to find a career that is perfect for them. I'm truly motivated by the people I work with - having an incredibly talented and successful team allows for exceptional relationships and for me to constantly improve my knowledge and skill set.

My words of wisdom to students

Start early! Don’t wait until your junior or senior year to start looking for internship and job opportunities. The sooner you start your career exploration the sooner you’ll find your dream job!

In my free time...

Spending quality time with family and friends is my favorite pastime. Whether it’s trying a new restaurant, enjoying live music or discovering a new hiking trail, I try to push myself out of my comfort zone as often as I can.

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