Sharing Your Organization’s Experiences
We tell UF students, “Experience Changes Everything”. From volunteer, co-op, to full-time experiences, we encourage employers to post all aspects in Gator CareerLink. The impact of your opportunities is endless when it comes to Gators putting their skillset, values, and passion to work.
All of the following experiences can be posted via Gator CareerLink, the exclusive job posting and recruiting database for all UF students and alumni.
Although similar to volunteering, community service addresses a specific community need. The time allotted and desired activity can be yours to create. The primary focus is on the needs of the community and any necessary training can be gained on the job.
Lastly service learning is an organized academic experience that focuses on meeting the needs of a community. The primary goal of service learning is the learning through hands on experience. This can be a great way to connect with campus partners to build a project that corresponds with an academic focus in order to bring student into the community to see a hands on look at what they are learning in their classes.
Offer professional development opportunities for students in order to help them build their skills and tell their story. There are many ways you can connect with the Career Connections Center to participate in existing programs, such as:
Apprenticeships combine classroom instruction with work experience to create a career path where employers can develop their future workforce. See information from the US Department of Labor on creating and credentialing your apprenticeships program: https://www.apprenticeship.gov/employers
Mentorship involves guidance and interactions with students to provide insight into industry or academics, while promoting personal and professional growth. Mentorship practices vary, but the most important facet is the relationship created between mentor and mentee. Mentorship can be short term or long term, through a formal setting (i.e. coordinated through a program) or informal conversations. Mentorship relationships focus on the sharing of information, knowledge, wisdom, advice and/or feedback that enhances professional growth and goals.
UF currently has more than 11,000 active research projects across myriad disciplines – spawning new products, making breakthrough discoveries, and bettering the world. Finding a ways to connect with students and researchers to offer an opportunity that is related to your unique interests are endless.
Shadowing and externships allow for more in depth and personal engagement with potential candidates. This is also a great way to share your organization’s brand with students during a hands on experience right at your location. A huge benefit is that the experience ranges from one hour to a few days.
Stay connected with past employees who are still students on campus. Allow them to gain experience and spread your organizations brand by holding informal events on campus to talk about their experience at your company to help in recruiting future gator talent.
The career center has opportunities for your organization to engage with students outside of the traditional career fair. These initiatives provide insight and expertise into your industry and help students develop professionally. For questions on how to participate, please email HireGators@ufsa.ufl.edu.
Some notable employers that participated in Industry Institutes include Teach for America, Halo Potato Donuts, Florida Conservation Corps, Child Advocacy Center, and Exactech.
This is designed to be an interactive event and allows students to walk away with a skill while gaining an understanding of what a day in the life in that company or in that profession might look like.
Some past skills labs included: suture clinic, high-impact networking, and advocacy writing.
Some notable employers that have facilitated skills labs include Army Medical, Infinite Energy, Brooks Rehabilitation, and Environment Florida.