The thought of graduation and earning your degree is very exciting, but then you think about searching for a professional employment opportunity and panic sets in. Don’t worry, we have all been there! The key is to get started early and use all the resources available to you. Let us help! Attend workshops and Career Readiness Week to prepare. Learn how to network and come to a career expo to meet with employers and set up interviews.
Through Handshake, students and alumni can search jobs, internships, post resumes for full-time employment, obtain employer information, and access on-campus interviewing and recruiting events. Take a deep breath, start early, and you will be much more likely to leave UCF not only with a degree but also a professional job.
More than 6,000 employers recruit at UCF through career fairs and on-campus interviewing. We host two annual Career Expos which provide you with a chance to introduce yourself to employers and ask questions about career opportunities within their companies. The Statewide Job Fair in May, hosted by the Florida Career Centers, offers an additional possibility to connect with employers.
Employer Info Sessions
We regularly host employer information sessions, which are opportunities to learn more about the inner workings of a company and which positions the company is looking to fill. Sessions are typically held in the Career Services office or in the Student Union. To find out if a company will be hosting an information session, please check Handshake under the events calendar.
Oftentimes employers hold an information session the day before an on-campus interview date and some information sessions are mandatory. Even if the company does not require it, we suggest you attend the information session as it will provide you with useful information about the company and its culture.
Many of the current jobs available are never advertised. You hear about these jobs through contacts with people that you know. Get out and make yourself visible and let others know what you can do for them!
- Attend career and job fairs
- Be active in major-related student organizations (some sponsor company site visits or have professional speakers)
- Develop a list of possible contacts provided by faculty, advisors, friends, family or past employers (talk to everyone you know and ask for referrals)
- Conduct Informational Interviews
- Importance of Networking (Video)
- Build Your Network (Video)