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UF Faculty and Staff Career Symposium


Experience Reimagined: Bridging Curriculum to Career for a Future-Ready Workforce

The Career Connections Center invites the UF community to its annual Faculty and Staff Career Symposium on April 28, 2023, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. This year attendees will explore the many and varied connections between curriculum, career, and experiences inside and outside of the classroom that support student success. The symposium will highlight practices and partnerships in curricular and co-curricular spaces that encourage students to be curious, gain experience, and make connections needed for meaningful pursuits in work, citizenship, and life.

The Faculty and Staff Career Symposium is free to attend and will be hosted in the Career Connections Center. The event is open to all UF faculty and staff. A continental breakfast will be served. Registration is required. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alison Noonan (alison.noonan@ufl.edu).

Symposium Schedule

StartEndSession & SpeakerCareer Connections Center Room
8:00 AM8:30 AMCheck-In & Continental BreakfastConnections Room, Ground Floor
8:30 AM8:40 AMWelcome with Sponsor, ALDIConnections Room, Ground Floor
8:40 AM8:50 AMUniversity highlights with the Vice President for the Division of Student Life, Dr. Heather WhiteConnections Room, Ground Floor
8:50 AM9:10 AMUniversity Career & Professional Development Updates, Ja'Net Glover and Angel Iverson, Career Connections CenterConnections Room, Ground Floor
9:10 AM9:55 AMKeynote Session: Leveraging Employment Trends to Prepare a Future-Ready Workforce, Jay Patel, Bureau of Labor StatisticsConnections Room, Ground Floor
10:00 AM10:40 AMBreakout Session 1
AI-Based Resume Evaluation in the Curriculum with Dr. Matthew Traum and Jessica HendrickExploration Room, 1st Floor
Supporting Graduate and Professional Students Through Rapidly Changing Career Landscapes with Kimmone Simmons & Dr. Talline MartinsInnovation Room, 1st Floor
10:45 AM11:05 AMCareer in the Curriculum Mini Sessions
Creating a Toolkit for Career Conversations with Sara JayInspiration Room, 1st Floor
Development of a Resume Module to Facilitate Professional Identity Exploration  with Dr. Sarah FurtneyExploration Room, 1st Floor
Elevating Experiential Learning at UF Together with Keira SimmondsInnovation Room, 1st Floor
11:10 AM11:50 AMBreakout Session 2
Integrating Technical Skills & Career Awareness into Curricula and Instruction with Exploration Room, 1st Floor
Connecting Employer Partners & Recruiting Trends to Your Curriculum with Beline Lafayette, Mario Pietroluongo and Joe TrotterInnovation Room, 1st Floor
11:50 AM12:00 PMSymposium Closing Innovation Room, 1st Floor

Keynote Session: Leveraging Employment Trends to Prepare a Future-Ready Workforce 

Jay Patel, Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The presentation will begin with a brief introduction of the BLS, followed by a dive into their Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program. The BLS will then present its Employment Projections data to illustrate the fastest-growing occupations, industries, and career pathways. After focusing on the available jobs, the presentation will pivot to the skills required to attain these jobs through the Occupational Requirement Survey data. The presentation will conclude with the BLS’s Occupational Handbook, bringing the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, Employment Projections, and Occupational Requirement Survey together in one accessible package. 



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Keynote Speaker Bio

Jay Patel graduated with a Master’s in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2020. He joined the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in November 2021 and currently works as an Economist in the BLS Atlanta Regional Office of Economic Analysis and Information. Before joining BLS, Mr. Patel worked for the Small Business Administration in the Economic Injury and Disaster Loan program for COVID-19.