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2021-2022 Annual Report

UF CAREER CONNECTIONS CENTER

The University of Florida’s Career Connections Center serves more than 57,000 students and thousands of alumni representing all majors and degree levels. The Center is a centralized, comprehensive unit providing a diverse range of services to connect job seekers to employers and vice versa. The Career Connections Center staff facilitates recruiting efforts to ensure easy access to UF talent for entry level or experienced positions.

In addition, the Career Connections Center:

  • Is nationally recognized as the #2 career center by Best Colleges in the support of students, employers and alumni spanning all majors, degree levels, and industries.
  • Serves as a hub with experts and connectors to unify the university community, connecting with over 275 faculty and staff to transform career development at UF.
  • Employs 14 certified career and recruitment coaches dedicated to aid employers in developing custom campus-wide recruiting strategies and networks to reach desired candidates.

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IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS


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Total Student Connections

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Unique Student Connections

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Total Employment Connections

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Meetings Held on Career Fair Plus
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Second-Year students participated in the Career Readiness Check-In
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Jobs posted to Gator CareerLink each month
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


Career Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Career Connections Center pivoted our services quickly to respond to student needs during the pandemic. Notably, we were able to transition the focus of our student programming to topics relevant to the student experience during COVID, as well as deliver content through more accessible formats for students.

During Summer 2020, we increased our workshop offerings to include new content such as Virtual Networking, Preparing for Career Showcase Week, and Planning for the Fall Semester, to support students’ learning during this unprecedented time.

We also learned that in order to engage students, our virtual content needed to be shorter and focus on the basics of career development. This change allowed us to re-envision our strategy for fall and spring programming including 30-minute “Quick Tips” and “C3 Labs” workshops, resulting in over 1,956 students served.

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Increase in Employer Participation during Project Resume

Helping New Students Kick-Start Their Paths


As part of the Division of Student Life, specialists at the Career Connections Center partnered with the Brown Center for Leadership & Service, the University Multicultural Mentor Program and First Year Florida, UF’s signature course for new students, to cultivate virtual opportunities for career development aimed at first-year students.

Some offerings – such as the CHOMP assessment, which is an online quiz that helps students identify their interests and fields that might suit them – grew in popularity. Last year, 3,100 students – roughly 75% of which were incoming students – took CHOMP, many during their orientation sessions, Noonan said.

Reaching first-year students can help them develop their identities, illuminating how their interests, personalities and strengths can shape their career paths.



As Artificial Intelligence Reshapes Work, Career Connections Center Prepares Students to Lead


The Center’s goal for industry engagement is to provide a holistic recruiting experience that connects both global and local recruiters to UF candidates. The Career Connections Center is one of only a few career centers in the country with staff dedicated to proactively developing employer relationships for the purpose of growing employment opportunities for students and alumni. The Career Connections Center intentionally engages with the Gainesville and state of Florida communities by partnering with local employers, incubators, professional associations, and workforce organizations. While each relationship has customized components, the Center generally engages with these entities through event partnership, committee representation, networking at programs, exchanging student and employer referrals and employer campus recruitment education sessions.

A few notable achievements through collaboration this academic year have included; Partnering with UF Government Relations to host Working in the Capital City programming with federal legislative entities and other federal organizations, Regular engagement with the Career Connections Center's Employer Advisory Board through guest speakers, data sharing, and peer connections and lastly, Hosting the Statewide Job Fair for the Statewide University System that welcomed 240 companies and more than 1,000 students.

To expand employment understanding, connections, and opportunities, this past year, the Career Connections Center actively engaged with entities such as:

  • Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
  • GNV Collaborate 2025 Talent Action Committee
  • Miami Downtown Development Authority
  • StartGNV
  • National Association of Corporate Relations Officers
  • UF Corporate Engagement Council
  • UF Innovate
  • UF Government Relations
  • Various UF Artificial Intelligence committees


Searching for the Career Advice You Can't Find on Google? UF Alumni Can Help


Students are getting an inside look at how they can get a leg up in their industry from University of Florida alumni, thanks to the Career Connections Center.

Since the launch of the Gator Career Consultant Program just over a year ago, more than 230 alumni have signed up to lead workshops, hold one-on-one consultations or share their insights via podcast or social media.


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STUDENT ENGAGEMENT BREAKDOWN


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GROUP career planning engagements

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Individual Career Planning Engagements

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Career Fair Engagements

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CHOMP engagements
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Website Visits
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Students and Alumni used Gator CareerLink


Career Planning Appointment By Types

All Interactions By Career Action Plan

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Increase in Choosing/Changing Your Major appointments
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increase in student career fair attendance

Student Testimonials


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Students would recommend career planning services to a friend

I have never been so thoroughly informed on how to create a resume. It was very helpful to have it broken down with each section explained.Appointment Student
“I feel fortunate to be a UF student because there are many resources that I can use and get from Career Connections Center!Workshop Student

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ECONOMIC IMPACT


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Unique Companies Recruiting
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New Companies Started recruiting
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Fortune 100 Companies recruiting
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Artificial Intelligence Job and internship postings
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Company Consultations

Top Industries for Job Postings


  1. Accounting
  2. Business Management and Administration
  3. Retail

Top 10 Fortune 100 Companies Recruiting with UF


  • Walmart
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Google
  • AT&T
  • Cardinal Health
  • Walgreens
  • Centene
  • Target

Gainesville Companies Recruiting with UF


  • City of Gainesville
  • Exactech
  • Infotech
  • James Moore & Co.
  • LifeSouth Community Blood Center
  • Scorpio

Florida Companies Recruiting with UF


  • AdventHealth
  • CSX
  • DHL
  • L3Harris
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mitsubishi Power Americas
  • Publix
  • Raymond James Financial
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Tropicana

Partner Fairs


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Campus Partner Fairs and Interview Days Hosted
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Total Individual Interactions

Fairs

  • Fall 2020 Virtual Materials Science and Engineering-Nuclear Engineering Career Fair
  • Fall 2020 Agricultural and Biological Engineering Virtual Career Fair
  • Spring 2021 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Career Expo
  • Chomp the Vote - Public Policy Showcase


  • UF Law Virtual Private Sector Networking Night
  • UF Law Spring 2021 Virtual Public Interest Fair
  • Spring 2021 Materials Sciences Virtual Interview Day
  • Spring 2020 Virtual Student Personnel in Higher Education Visitation Days

Virtual Statewide Job Fair


The UF Career Connections Center served as the host of the 2021 Statewide Job Fair. Held virtually, the 2021 Statewide Job Fair had 240 registered companies- a 31% increase from 2021’s pre-covid employer participation of 223. Notable employers that participated were Procter & Gamble (P&G), Verizon, Fisher Investments, EY, U.S. Department of State, Morgan Stanley, and GEICO. Over 2800 1:1 sessions and group meetings were booked which served as opportunities for students across Florida to engage with employers. The Career Connections Center was excited to have served as the host career center and doing its part in assisting to facilitate these connections. Due to the success of the 2021 Statewide Job Fair, the UF Career Connections Center will host the 2022 Statewide Job Fair.

FCC Statewide Job Fair Marketing by the Numbers:

  • 400 on-campus residents reached through flyering in residence halls.
  • 11,127 students emails through Gator CareerLink
  • 12,000 people reached via Twitter
  • 2,711 people reached via Facebook post
  • 1,550 people reached via Instagram post


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Our Partners

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Employer Testimonials


"We love the students at UF and will continue coming to UF for our early career and intern/co-op needs."
“As a Gator alumni I couldn't be more impressed with the talent that we hired! They have been terrific team members and contribute to our social media, something outside my skill set! I would use the Gator Career Connection service in the future.”
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DIVERSITY EFFORTS


Our Diversity Statement


The Career Connections Center is committed to cultivating a community that is inclusive and reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of UF students, staff, and faculty. Diversity encompasses all aspects of identity and positionality. It includes variation and intersectionality across race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, size, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, veteran status, and the many other ways one might identify.

Highlighted Diversity Programs

Diversity Meetup Kickoff Events: To prepare students for Career Showcase and Diversity Meetup, the C3 developed Diversity Meetup Kickoff events. These kick-off events will provide students with the opportunity to network with UF alumni and employers.

  • Student Organization partners include Disability Ambassadors, Hispanic Student Association, Pride Student Union, OUT Warrington

Envisions Career Academy: Envision Career Academy is a 4-week mentorship opportunity for students to engage in panel discussions and reflection activities to learn the skills necessary to succeed as a professional in today’s workforce. This experience provides an identity-based virtual community that connects current students with Gator Career Consultant mentors who are also a part of that community.

  1. Envision Career Academy - Black UF
    • 18 mentors who were matched with 19 students
    • The topics discussed were Dealing with Imposter Syndrome, Professional Branding, Networking & Building Social Capital, Self-Advocacy in the workplace.
  2. Envision Career Academy – Hispanic/LatinX UF
    • 15 students and alumni
    • Topics covered were dealing with imposter syndrome, leveraging professional capital, professional branding, and success & well-being in the workplace.

In the Workplace: In the Workplace was designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about identity and how they intersect and impact professionals in the workplace. This panel discussion led by alumni is designed to help students think critically and reflect on how their personal identities may impact them once they graduate.

  • Hispanic/ Latinx in the Workplace
  • disABILITY in the Workplace
  • First Gen in the Workplace
  • Black in the Workplace
  • Women in the Workplace

I Am First: I Am First Series was designed specifically to address and assist first-generation students in the career development process. Workshops in this series are designed to educate and provide resources to first-generation students on a variety of career topics and issues.

  • I Am First: Overcoming Imposture Syndrome
  • I Am First: Setting Career Goals
  • I Am First: Navigating Career Goal Setbacks

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      STAFF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CERTIFICATIONS


      The Career Connections Center is National Recognized and Locally Engaged: 

      6 Local, Regional, and National Conferences Presentations and Webinars

      2 Individual Staff Awards

      2 Committees Served on across National and Regional Associations

      16 Campus Committees Served on at UF

      1 Gainesville Committees Served on to Support the Local Economy

      2 Professional Certifications Received

      1 Staff Served as Student Success Coaches

      1 C3 staff members taught UF courses