Explore the UC San Diego Career Center's Triton Mindset Blog, and gain valuable insight directly from Career Center staff and other well-informed contributors.

Principal Contributor:

Mike Zucker, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Engagement 

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It takes a strong mindset to be successful. A mindset is dynamic and “evolves” with the times through your own personal and professional growth.  

Misconceptions cloud our vision and also negatively impacts our work as career services professionals, including those we serve. It’s a collective mindset—and if not set right, it will hold us all back. 

In the past, many people passionately believed that there were only three steps to attaining “career success”— those three steps included: 1) go to college, 2) get a degree, and then, 3) get a job.

We now know life is much more complicated than that! How can you extract maximum value from your investment in higher education? Start with renewing your perspective. We call this, the Triton Mindset.

In this blog, we will tackle many of these misconceptions and more, while exploring new perspectives. This mindset reframe will ultimately serve as a catalyst in helping you maximize your experience here and beyond UC San Diego. 

Come with us on this journey!


Triton Mindset: Editor’s Note

This blog marks a milestone in the retooling and refreshed manifestation of the career center amidst the career services paradigm. Last September, with a new emphasis on the current themes of meaningful work and purpose, we embarked on an ambitious re-imagination of career services in light of the future of work. Specifically, we are examining how to become the new breed of career professionals and serve all students and graduates in unprecedented times of career disruption.

This blog tackles uncertainty and will feature a diverse collection of career and professional development topics ranging from theoretical frameworks for effective career and life design, to decision-making strategies, experiential learning tips and tools, and much more.

Standing tall among the top-five nationally among public institutions according to the Princeton Review in their most recent ranking and publication, the UC San Diego Career Center strives to be a place that gives you a career compass in your right hand the second you walk in, and then helps point you in the direction of your North Star, where your purpose meets your faith. It’s a sanctuary of self-reflection, “inner”- viewing, and a creative design space with no borders — the designing of your life.

What is a Triton Mindset? In short, it’s a growth and positive mindset combined with the ability to look beyond your immediate career choice circle with the confidence that you have the power to change and expand it. It’s a mindset that destroys limiting beliefs — empowering and challenging yourself.

Ultimately, this blog will attempt to present an array of both the here and now and of the near and very practical future. You will hear insights from key contributors and experts that will speak to proven methods in career development, pivoting through learning and developing skills, and how to turn failure into valuable career and life lessons.

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Hassan Akmal, Executive Director of Career & Professional Development

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