• Career Engagement Summit July 19, 2019

Career Engagement Summit

Career Engagment Summit: Interact. Connect. Experience.
July 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Career Connections Center

The newly reimagined Career Engagement Summit (formerly known as Employer Retreat) is a one day conference that will allow you to interact, connect, and engage with the University of Florida’s Career Connections Center staff. Learn how to enhance your recruitment strategy, develop your on-campus brand, build your talent pool, and prepare for your next level of connection through interactive sessions. Connect with faculty, staff, and student organizations at UF to enhance your on-campus branding and recruitment efforts.

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3 Reasons You Should Attend the Career Engagement Summit 

1. Experience the difference a new recruitment strategy will make at the University of Florida
2. Interact with current UF student leaders from a diverse group of organizations
3. Connect with Faculty and Staff and learn how to develop your on-campus brand



Career Engagement Summit Schedule

Day 1:

4:00 – 6:30 PM: Welcome Mixer at First Magnitude

Join us for a pre-Summit event at a local brewery owned by UF grads.


8:30 – 9 AM: Employer Check-In and Breakfast

Career Connection Center Ground Level Lobby

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Welcome and Opening Keynote

Presented by
Dr. Mary Kay Carodine, Division of Student Affairs Assistant Vice President
Ja’Net Glover, Career Connections Center Senior Director

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Career Influencer Awards

Celebrate the collaboration and innovation of our University of Florida faculty and staff members who have championed the career development of students at the University of Florida through collaboration or mentorship.

10:00 – 10:25 AM: Faculty and Staff Meet and Greet/Networking

Network with University of Florida staff.

10:30 – 2:15 PM: Coffee Chats

Connect with UF Career Connections Center staff over a cup of coffee in the Journey Nook.

10:30 – 11:15 AM: Learn about UF and Your Connection Options

Track 1: UF Student Engagement and Career Readiness 

This session will demonstrate how the University of Florida promotes student engagement.  We will discuss what student involvement and student engagement looks like beyond the classroom experiences.  We will also explore how employers can have conversations with potential recruits about their involvement experience and how that translates to the job.

Presented by:
Jack Casseux, Student Activities and Involvement, Director 

Track 2: Have you Considered Me? Why Major Does Not Equal Career

Crafting a diversified workforce with intention requires a look into nontraditional majors to enter the pipeline. In this session, UF faculty will present various student and program profiles that detail how their student’s academic experience equips them with skills that can translate to and fulfill the needs of industries they are typically not recruited for. Discover select UF majors from the following departments Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Sociology and Criminology & Law, Sports Management, and Linguistics.

Presented by:
University of Florida Faculty 

11:30 – 12:15 PM: Develop Your Brand on Campus

Track 1: Been There, Done That: Now What? 

You’ve posted jobs, you’ve hosted info sessions, you’ve conducted on-campus interviews- now what? In this roundtable session, our C3 Recruitment Coaches will help you take your recruitment to the next level by providing innovative tools and resources to connect you more deeply to UF Campus and help you pinpoint pockets of talent in the midst of 50,000 students.

Presented by:
Career Connections Center Recruitment Coaches

Track 2:  They Don’t Know Who You Are…Yet! 

Recruiting at UF provides a unique opportunity to get your brand and name out to thousands of students- but how do you do it effectively? In this interactive session, you will gain training on how to efficiently build brand awareness by utilizing Gator CareerLink and positioning your company in strategic ways. We will explore creative ways to get your name out there to attract the right talent for your needs.

Presented by:
Jillian Dinius, Career Connections Center Assistant Director for Recruitment Services and Employer Branding
Dana McPherson, Career Connections Center Assistant Director for Marketing and Strategic Communications
Julia Vollrath, Career Connections Center Associate Director for Operations and Engagement 

12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

Grab a bite to eat at one of the nine restaurants in the Reitz Union or at any other UF campus dining location.

1:30 – 2:15 PM: Build Your Talent Pool Through Experiences

Track 1: Find Talent, Keep Talent: Re-Imagine Your Program to Cultivate Talent that Mirrors your Expectations

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best internship program of them all? The reality is it’s not just about who has the best internship program that attracts the best at UF.  It’s about connecting with students, developing meaningful experiences on campus – and throughout a student’s internship. This presentation will dive into what we, as employers, can do to set up our potential interns for success.

Presented by:
Ana Cristina Gomes, PwC Talent ID Recruiting Manager
Alison Noonan, Career Connections Center Assistant Director for Engagement

Track 2: Creating Impactful Experiences that Expand your Talent Pool

Engage with students beyond internships and coops by exploring various mentoring and externship opportunities. Learn how these types of interactions can increase your access to UF talent, promote your brand and position you for a robust recruiting strategy.

Presented by:
Daneen Johnson, Career Connections Center Assistant Director for Career & Industry Engagement
Keira Simmonds, Career Connections Center Assistant Director for Campus Engagement

2:25 – 3:10 PM: Experience is Everything

Candidates report wanting a personal experience with companies; however, personal touches are often incredibly time consuming for recruiters.  In this talk, Lindsey Day, Assistant Director of Talent Acquisition and Development at Info Tech, will cover how to design a personal, but also scalable recruitment program.  She will also share her personal experience building a program at Info Tech including lessons learned the hard way.

Presented by: 
Lindsey Day, Info Tech, Inc. Assistant Director: Talent Acquisition and Development 

3:10 – 3:20 PM: Break

3:20 – 4:45 PM: Prepare for your Next Level of Connection

It’s time to connect all of the valuable information you heard throughout the day!  Learn how you can increase your recruiting efforts at UF and how creating experiences for students can increase your visibility on our campus.  This session will also end with a fun and interactive twist to test your knowledge of what you have learned about connecting with Gators!

Presented by:
Erica Betz, Career Connections Center Associate Director for Recruitment Services
Andie Cochran, Career Connections Center Associate Director for Industry Engagement

4:45 – 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks 

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Testimonials from past attendees

I loved the format of last year’s retreat! The presentations gave me a lot of ideas
It was great to connect with UF faculty and staff at the networking reception. I met several new campus contacts and brainstormed possible activities for next recruitment season.
What great presenters! I really enjoyed the different, short breakout presentations. The event went by so fast. It was a great to be on campus just to plan without the pressure to recruit.

Registration is $100 per participant


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