By Andrew Rock, Jessica HyunJeong Lee, and Janna Shadduck-Hernández | April 18, 2023
The UCLA Labor Center has launched an initiative to demystify the state of California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)’s application process, with the goal of providing undergraduate and graduate students with stronger pathways to a career in state labor agencies.
The DIR frequently offers job openings for positions that support the department’s mission of improving working conditions for California’s workers. At UCLA, many students share the agency’s mission but may not know about its work, or may be deterred by the state’s complex application process.
To kickstart this effort, on March 7, the UCLA Labor Studies Undergraduate Program and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, with co-sponsorship from the UCLA Latin American Institute, hosted California State Labor Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower for an information session on career opportunities and pathways within the Labor Commissioner’s Office (LCO). Her talk introduced students to the mission, values, and approach of her office and Division of Apprenticeship Standards; the benefits provided to state employees; and the application process for state employment. After the talk, approximately 45 undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni had the opportunity to network with LCO and DIR staff members.