Career Exploration

Apr 24, 2017 admin

Career Discovery Groups 

Career Discovery Groups (CDG), a partnership between the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Internship and Career Center, give freshmen and first-year transfer students an opportunity to explore career possibilities and make academic choices for future success. Students who participate in Career Discovery Groups have higher rates of retention at UC Davis. Interaction with faculty and advisors helps them gain focus; guidance from graduate student mentors helps Career Discovery Group students learn to navigate the research university and use campus resources.

What will Career Discovery Groups do for me?
Career Discovery Groups will help you begin your career planning right away. Choose an area of emphasis and discover related careers or choose exploratory and research an array of careers with mentors and fellow students in a small-group setting.

Who is eligible?
All College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) freshmen and first-year transfer students are welcome.

How does the program work?
Career Discovery Groups provide you with special classes and a mentor to introduce you to campus resources, to help you explore potential career paths, and to guide you with course selection. There are only 20 students per CDG, so you'll be part of a group with shared interests. Together, you can begin your quest for discovery from day one!

The program for freshmen lasts three quarters, with one career exploration course per quarter. A graduate student mentor will support you in your transition to the UC Davis campus, help you network with professionals, alumni, and experienced Aggies at special events, and guide you as you define your interests. Your mentor will be matched to you according to one of the following areas of emphasis:

  • Animal Sciences/Wildlife
  • Ecology/Environmental Science/Sustainable Agriculture
  • Food Science/Nutrition
  • Exploratory (Undeclared)

The program for first-year transfer students offers one fall quarter course in which you work with a graduate student mentor to learn how to navigate the research university, assess your skills, values, and interests, and explore career options.

How do I register for the CDG program?
You can register to participate in the CDG program during Summer Orientation or Pass 2. Presentations held during orientation will further describe the CDG program, and a program advisor will be available to help you make an informed decision and provide you with course registration numbers.

For questions or additional information about CDG, view our brochure or please contact  or

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