Develop Professionally

As you establish and pursue your career goals, it is important to understand the knowledge and competencies you possess and/or need to develop for life after graduation. This knowledge allows you to craft a UF experience that hones and develops desired knowledge and competencies. We recommend setting short term goals and leveraging your coursework, part-time work, internships, campus and community involvement, research, and more. In addition to industry-specific skills, it is important to develop career readiness competencies that are transferable across contexts. These competencies are:

Sense of Self

How well do you know yourself as an emerging professional? This competency lab will allow you to discover the depth of your knowledge, skills, and personal attributes related to your professional identity.

Critical Thinking

How well do you employ critical thinking to solve complex problems and make decisions? This competency lab will teach you how to develop your critical thinking skills and to be able to apply them to solve problems in the workplace.


Have you ever felt the frustration of a communication breakdown? This competency lab will teach you how to effectively communicate with others to achieve common goals.


How well do you work on a team or understand your role within a team? This competency lab will allow you to explore your strengths and areas of improvement in teamwork.


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Questions to Ask Yourself

• What are the most essential skills for new professionals in your field?
• Which skills and competencies do you already possess? Where do you need more growth?
• What resources and experience can you leverage to develop your skills and competencies?

Using the Career Connections Center

• Complete Gator Professional Series (GPS), a series of online personal and professional development workshops that review skills and topics needed for you to become career ready.• Attend an ‘Employer Perspective’ workshop or an information session to learn what employers are looking for in a candidate directly from professionals
• Attend an ‘Employer Perspective’ workshop to learn what employers are looking for in a candidate directly from professionals.
• Attend networking events, such as Diversity Meet Up, to meet and learn from professionals in your field.
• 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.
• Join us and a small group of your peers for a Skills Lab or a Competency Lab to enhance your career readiness.

Learn About Yourself and Career Options

Learn About Yourself and Career Options

Discover who you are, what you are 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.

Four Steps for Researching an Employer

By |January 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog, Internships, Interviews, Jobs|

1/17/20 written by Oliver Monaghan, Career Connections Center What does it mean to research an

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

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