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.

Diversity Meet-Up

January 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Career Showcase Technical Day

January 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

CPT/OPT/OPT-STEM Educational Sessions

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

CPT/OPT/OPT-STEM Educational Sessions

January 28 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Career Connections Blog

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

Recovering from a Bad Interview

By |October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog, Interviews|

It’s recruiting season in the Career Connections Center, and we see hundreds of students interviewing

7 Ways to Spot Fake Employers

By |September 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Internships, Jobs, Students|

When you’re on the hunt for a job you may come across a posting that

Three Incredible Ways to Kick Start Your Professional Development

By |February 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Students|

Developing professionally is not something that occurs overnight. It is a process. What does it

5 Ways to Prepare for Networking with Employers

By |January 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Students|

Career Showcase offers great opportunities to students like you - one of them being the

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