Build Experience

We believe that experience changes everything! Trying things can help clarify your career goals. Gaining experience also makes you a marketable candidate for internships and jobs within your field. There are numerous options for gaining experience as a student, including: internships, co-ops, job shadowing, involvement, volunteering, research or part-time work. Experience helps you prepare for what’s next; whether you plan to go to graduate school or begin work following graduation.

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Questions to Ask Yourself

• What kinds of things do you enjoy doing?
• Which types of experience will allow you to gain and hone the skills necessary for career success?
• How will you balance gaining experience with the time you have here at UF?

Using the Career Connections Center

• Log into Gator CareerLink for the latest job and internship postings from employers who want to hire UF students
• Attend an ‘Employer Perspective’ workshop or an information session to learn what employers are looking for in a candidate directly from professionals
• Register for our 1-credit class ‘The Art of Getting Hired’ (IDS 2935) to learn a research-based, action-oriented, reflective process that can improve career success and employment outcomes
• Attend career fairs to meet employers in your field. Notable career fairs include:
o Part-Time Job Fair
o Summer Job & Internship Fair
o Career Showcase
o Numerous virtual career fairs that can be found in Gator CareerLink in the Workshop tab
• Come in for a one-on-one Career Planning Appointment, or a Career Conversation to learn effective resources and strategies for finding experience

Career Action Plan Mindsets

Explore other mindsets to start building your plan. Click the cards below to get started:

Learn About Yourself and Career Options

Learn About Yourself and Career Options

Discover who you are, what you’re good at, and gain clarity about your career options.
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Prepare for Your Next Step

Prepare for Your Next Step

Present yourself as a strong candidate and communicate your experiences effectively as you move towards your career goals.

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Develop Professionally

Develop Professionally

Evaluate the competencies you need to develop for your career interests.

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Build Experience

Build Experience

Apply the classroom knowledge and competencies you are developing in a real world setting.

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Our favorite saying here is “Experience Changes Everything”, and it does. Check out features of UF students who share their internship and academic experiences and how it’s impacted them.

Your resume speaks for you. Whether you’re applying for a part-time position, volunteer opportunity, internship, or a full-time job, make sure your resume smartly reflects your qualifications.

Bridge your interests to your career community. Discover relevant college-specific and industry related resources and events presented through the career community pages.

Let us help you explore majors and careers, show you how to enhance your skills, teach you how to engage in new opportunities, and challenge you to excel as you move forward through Career Planning.

Career Center Events

Our events are crafted for every type of students no matter where they are on their career journey.

Resume Lab: Education Edition

January 13, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Networking for Introverts

January 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

Prep for Success: How to Prepare for the Job Market

January 14, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Career Connections Blog

Interesting and informative blog posts submitted by our staff and UF students.

Three Tips on What Not to Wear: Career Showcase Edition

By |January 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Internships, Jobs|

by Brooke Schaffer I’m sure you’ve heard before that first impressions are everything. This saying

Turning Your Gap Year into a Growth Year

By |December 4th, 2018|Categories: After Graduation, Blog, Students|

So you have decided to take a gap year and it may be for a

Three Proven Ways to Create A Career Action Plan

By |November 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Developing and executing a career plan can be a bit daunting even if you are

Conquering the Imposter Syndrome

By |November 20th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Students|

“The beauty of the impostor syndrome is you vacillate between extreme egomania and a complete

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