Welcome to the Duck Alumni Career Blog!  Here, Ducks with career and job search insight and industry experience offer their perspectives and advice to enhance your career success.  If you have advice to share, contact James Chang to learn how you can be a Duck Alumni Career Blogger.  Go Ducks!

Image

Using Facebook to Further Your Career

by Anna Osgoodby B.S. '09
Can Facebook help my career networking? Anna explains the benefits of looking beyond LinkedIn for creative career networking on social sites. 
  Read more »
Image

How to Embrace Uncertainty: Awesome Tools for Transition

by Natalie Swan B.S. '11
In her first post, Natalie offers tips on how to embrace uncertainty. Read her inaugural post for a quick toolkit on making the most of transitions. 
  Read more »
Image

Prototype Your Career

by Humberto Chacon B.A. '87
In his latest "Letters from the Silicon Valley" blog series, Humberto discusses ways to explore different career paths by reflecting on your unique purposes and prototyping various career options. 
  Read more »
Image

The Importance of Personal Branding - Developing Your Voice & Making Your Mark

by Anna Osgoodby B.S. '09
What is personal branding and does it really make a difference? Anna has the answers here...
  Read more »
Image

INAUGURAL POST: Taking Risks and Using Resources - a few tips for current students

by Anna Osgoodby B.S. ’09
Read Anna's inaugural blog post on expecting the unexpected and what to do now to jumpstart your career.
  Read more »
Image

First-Job Struggles Lead to Self-Awareness

by Chizoba Okodogbe B.A. ’14
A short reflection on the positive outcomes of first job struggles.
  Read more »
Image

Moving Up Means Speaking Up

by Humberto Chacon '87
In order to realize your career goals, you need to learn to advocate for yourself and your professional development. Read Humberto's insight into how to climb the ladder...  Read more »
Image

The Benefits of Focus

by Humberto Chacon '87
Read Humberto's posting about the benefits of focus...  Read more »
Image

U.S. Copyright—How a Misunderstood Law Benefits Authors and Artists

by Dave Edlund PhD ’87
Read Dave Edlund's perspective on U.S. copyright protection.  Read more »
Image

INAUGURAL POST: A Career Takes Flight - The Early Steps

by Chizoba Okodogbe ’14
Read Chizoba's inaugural blog about job hunting as a recent graduate!  Read more »
Image

Hiring, Happiness, and Gratitude

by Humberto Chacon '87
All other things being equal, most hiring managers and colleagues would rather work with a happy person than an unhappy person.  Read more »
Image

Removing the Mystery from Patents and Trade Secrets – How they protect differently

by Dave Edlund, PhD '87
If you work for a technology company, you may already be familiar with patents as a means for protecting intellectual property (IP). But you may encounter circumstances where filing for patent protection may actually erode your competitive edge.  Read more »
Image

Networking, the Human Kind

by Humberto Chacon '87
One thing that’s great about having an O for our University’s symbol is that it reminds us that we’re in a circle of friends. Having friends has been proven to boost our immune system, happiness, and career.  Read more »
Image

Often, It’s How You Say It

by Humberto Chacon '87
What do you think has the most influence on what others pay attention to and how they are influenced by you?  Read more »
Image

INAUGURAL POST: I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now…

by Dave Edlund, PhD '87
If you’re like me, you’ve uttered this phrase more than once. With an open mind, one never stops learning—and sometimes those lessons may come from unexpected sources.  Read more »
Image

What's That You Said?

by Humberto Chacon '87
Early in my career, I attended graduate school to get a Master’s in Organization Development. In one of my classes, I was assigned to give a presentation on how to influence employees to embrace change...
  Read more »
Image

Duck Advice

by Humberto Chacon '87
I recently asked a few Oregon alums career advice they would like to share with college students or recent graduates. These alums are all accomplished and esteemed in their respective fields. They’re entrepreneurs, CEOs & VPs, Olympians, and America’s Cup sailors.  Read more »
Image

The Cisco Kid

by Humberto Chacon '87
Recently I participated in a UO multicultural conference for students and alumni about being of service, where I gave a talk entitled, “How to Start a Social Movement, Without Really Trying.” I met some great people who shared wonderful stories. James Chang, Director of the Duck Career Network, mentioned that I should tell the story of the Mexican boy who went to college and then on to a successful career in Silicon Valley. So here goes.
  Read more »
Image

Crush Your Interviews

by Humberto Chacon '87
Having spent many years in HR, my teams and I have interviewed and hired thousands of candidates. I’ve learned things that might help you prepare for interviews.
  Read more »
Image

INAUGURAL POST: "Networking is..." Then and Now

by John Schaufler, '11
Throughout my four years as an undergraduate in the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon, I was constantly reminded of the importance of networking and utilizing LinkedIn. So, I made a few contacts and updated my LinkedIn. Boom, I was networking. At least I thought I was.  Read more »
Image

I Caught Your Behavior, Among Other Things

by Humberto Chacon '87
"Surround yourself with positive people…" was the advice one of my psychology professors at Oregon gave me as I started my career, "…because behavior, attitudes, and beliefs are contagious." My experience tells me that he was right and there’s growing research to support his assertion...
  Read more »
Image

Emotional Intelligence

by Humberto Chacon '87
Studies show that much of individual success in organizations is about being people smart or having "emotional intelligence." EI is a learnable set of skills that helps people understand and positively influence their interactions with others.  Read more »
Image

Who's Going to Take Care of You?

by Humberto Chacon '87
It’s ok to make your personal self-care a priority. You’re not going to do anyone much good if you’re sick, down, grumpy, and overwhelmingly stressed.  Read more »
Image

Overcoming Mental Barriers

by Humberto Chacon '87
Many challenges are mental illusions. I'm reminded of this each time I think about swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco, a challenge that once intimidated and eluded me.  Read more »
Image

Happy New Year! Reflections on Happiness

by Humberto Chacon '87
Recently I asked a variety of successful people around the world about what helps them to be cheerful. Here’s a list of their answers.  Read more »
Image

Co-opetition to "Grow the Pie"

by Humberto Chacon '87
People in Silicon Valley tend to flock together by interests rather than by company and those social networks lead to cross company collaboration.  Read more »
Image

Fail Fast for Success

by Humberto Chacon '87
Innovation is one of the keys to success in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. As a Duck you have an advantage in the realm of creativity, as the U of O tends to attract & encourage independent thinkers and trail blazers.  Read more »
Image

Inner Peace, Padawan

by Humberto Chacon '87
...Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose in the present moment, without judgment...  Read more »
Image

A Mindset is a Terrible Thing to Waste

by Humberto Chacon '87
Here in Silicon Valley, there’s a large amount of intrinsic motivation to do something “insanely great” and to change the world.  Read more »
Image

INAUGURAL POST: Letters from Silicon Valley

by Humberto Chacon '87
Humberto leverages over 25 years of experience as a Human Resources leader and management consultant for various Silicon Valley organizations including; start-ups, midsize public companies, educational institutions, non-profit agencies, and Fortune 500 enterprises.  Read more »
Image

Networking for Career Success

by Teri Citterman '92
Truth be told, it’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Who you know is the key to being more efficient and successful.  Read more »
Image

INAUGURAL POST: Executive Coach to Coach You

by Teri Citterman '92
I was a little older than you when I got fired. I worked for a CEO, whose head I imagined putting through a shredder. He was an ass, so I don’t mean a Costco shredder. I mean the industrial kind. Finally, I used bad judgment and told him what I thought of him. And predictably, he fired me. But not only did he fire me...  Read more »