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Career Development

The Career Development component of the Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence is designed to assist all student-athletes with their career and life planning. Student-athletes can explore personal interest inventories and need assessments while gaining valuable leadership skills and interview techniques to prepare for their career after athletics.

The Hawkins Center employs a full-time Assistant Coordinator of Career Development, who is responsible for addressing student-athlete career development needs to better prepare them for the transition from college to the workforce. The Hawkins Center also works in collaboration with the Career Resource Center (CRC) to provide student-athletes with the most current career related information and services.

Between the Hawkins Center’s Assistant Coordinator of Career Development and the CRC, services provided include career workshops, resume workshops, cover letter and personal statement assistance, on-campus interviewing, cooperative educational work experience, job shadowing experiences, assistance with career decision-making, job and internship search assistance and summer employment. Student-athletes will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and explore career plans related to academic interests
  • Create and develop resumes and cover letters for job opportunities and graduate programs
  • Participate in on-campus interviews and employer informational sessions
  • Acquire career related work experiences
  • Develop strategies that ensure successful employment upon graduation
  • Individual Counseling
  • Occupational Information
  • Cooperative Education
  • Job Placement Services
  • Career Resource Library
  • Shadowing
  • Career workshops
  • Career Fairs
  • Networking

Student-Athlete Career Gameplan for Success

Freshman Year

  • Student-Athlete Orientation and Assessment
  • Enroll in SDS 3480-Student Development in the University Setting
  • Career Assessment-Identify Potential Careers
  • Explore Related Majors and Minor Possibilities
  • Begin to Build Resume, Personal Mission and Goal Statement
  • Attend Recruiter Roundtable
  • Attend Career Resource Center Summer Job Fair
  • Attend UF Major & Minor Fair

Sophomore Year

  • One on one counseling to select your major
  • Discuss Academic Plan of Action
  • Attend College Career Fair
  • Attend Recruiter Roundtable
  • Conduct Company Visits
  • Attend CRC Career Showcase
  • Attend CRC Summer Job Fair

Junior Year

  • Enroll in SDS 3340- Career and Life Span Planning
  • Complete Interest and Work Style Inventories
  • Register with the CRC GatorLink
  • Develop List of References
  • Attend Recruiter Roundtable
  • Attend CRC Career Showcase
  • Research Practicum or Internship for Senior Year
  • Research Graduate or Professional Programs
  • Attend Graduate & Professional School Day

Senior Year

  • One on One Career Counseling-Finish Resume
  • Complete Practice Interview
  • Attend Recruiter Roundtable to Interview with Companies Recruiting Student-Athletes
  • Attend CRC Career Showcase and College Career Fairs
  • Complete Practicum or Internship
  • Guided Full-Time Job Search
  • Apply to Graduate or Professional Programs
  • Attend Graduate & Professional School Day

Recruiter Roundtable

The University Athletic Association invites companies and UF graduate school programs to visit specifically with student-athletes. This event is held once a semester in line with the Career Resource Center’s Career Showcase event. Recruiter Roundtable brings approximately 30 hand-picked organizations of all sizes that network and discuss internship and career opportunities with our student-athletes. The UAA brings in Fortune 500 companies located throughout the country as well as local businesses for this event.

Gator Athlete Network

The Gator Athlete Network is a group on LinkedIn to connect former and current UF student-athletes, equipment managers and spirit squad members to each other and to the University Athletic Association. This network provides career and mentoring opportunities as well as job postings for the members.

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