Prepare for Your Next Steps

Whether your next career step is an internship, graduate school, full-time work or graduating from the University of Florida, it is important to take time to think and prepare for your next chapter. Presenting yourself as a strong candidate takes confidence, reflection, research and some practice! First, it is important to clarify your goals and take inventory of what you might need to achieve these goals. You might need to polish your professional documents, connect with employers or graduate schools, refine your professional communication, or practice for an interview.

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Questions to Ask Yourself

• What do I need to apply for my next opportunity?
• What information is important for me to research about my next opportunity?
• What do I need to practice or polish to be my best professional self?
• How do I present my unique experiences, skills, and personal attributes to an employer or graduate school?

Thinking about your transition to your next step can be overwhelming. Part of preparing for your transition is developing efficient strategies for your job search, graduate school application process or next steps for after graduation. The Career Connections Center helps you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be during this process.

Using the Career Connections Center

The Career Connections Center can support you in preparing for your next step in the following ways:

• Prepare for and attend a career fair. Career Fairs are a way to meet employers and graduate school representatives to learn about a range of possible career opportunities. Virtual Career Fairs are another way to connect to employers outside of an in-person event.
• Visit and use the Gator CareerLink Job Database, a job board exclusive to UF students and alumni. Employers who post their positions in this system are specifically looking to recruit Gators.
• Develop and refine your professional documents including resumes, cover letters, CVs, personal statements and LinkedIn content through Express Drop-In (Monday-Friday, 11:00am-4:00pm).
• Practice for an interview through an in-person mock interview or through our online Mock Interview module in Gator CareerLink.
• Refine your professional communication skills and practice challenging conversations including salary negotiation in a Practice Session.
• Connect with employers through information sessions, workshops and lunch and learns
• Interview with an employer through On-Campus Interview opportunities
• Attend a Career Conversation. Career Conversations are informal, small group conversations where you can connect to a career center staff member and other students who might have similar career-related questions.
• Check out your Career Community and explore customized tools and information about specific industries, colleges and communities. You can also get connected to your Embedded Liaison staff member.
• Talk it out in a Career Planning Appointment with a career center staff member.

Additional Career Tools that Could Help:
• Employ Florida database houses work opportunities provided through the State Government of Florida.
• USA Jobs is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information
• Glassdoor is a website that has information on jobs, company reviews and salary information
Career Communities webpages have job search boards for specific industries, colleges and communities.

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.

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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