Assessing skills, interests, and abilities is an important first step to choosing an appropriate major or career. Career Services uses MyCareerShines which offers interests, skills, and values assessments and provides suggested career matches based on their results. Encourage them to schedule a follow-up appointment with a Career Counselor to interpret their results!

Many things! Check out our online tool, What can I do with this Major? where your student can explore major possibilities, potential work environments, and strategies for success on their career journey.

Career Services and campus partners host a number of large-scale and niche-specific career fairs throughout the year. Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming career fairs dates and times as well as how to participate.

It depends on your student’s need for job search, however, our career fairs are open to all majors and all class levels. Attending a career fair as a freshman or sophomore can be beneficial in helping them get a feel for the event and learn how it all works, as well as meet recruiters early and find out about their hiring preferences and skill requirements. This can make attending a career fair as a junior or senior less stressful because they’ll be familiar with how to navigate it successfully and meet recruiters. 

Depending on how far along they are in developing their resume, students can first attend a Freshmen Edition: Build Winning Resumes workshop or participate in our regularly scheduled Career Labs as well as utilize our online resume building tool called Upkey. If a student has a fully developed resume, we encourage them to schedule a one-on-one resume critique with a career services professional through Handshake.

Students can schedule one-on-one appointments through Handshake on a variety of topics including: Job Search Strategies, Major/Career Exploration, Practice Interviews, Graduate School Preparation, and Personal Statement Critiques and more. Make sure to encourage your students to take advantage of this great service!

Career Services uses Handshake, an online career management system that allows students to build out a profile using their resume and apply for part-time and full-time jobs, internships, and Cooperative Education positions posted by local, state, national, and international employers. Your student already has an account created for them! To claim the account, they can login to Handshake here 

Did you know that we have over 100 student registered organizations and many other ways to get connected to other like minded students and opportunities at UCF? Your student can easily find many different opportunities to get involved on-campus and the best place to start is through the Office of Student Involvement.

  • Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account, or credit card information to a new employer.
  • Do not agree to have funds or paychecks directly deposited into any accounts by a new employer. Arrangements for direct deposit or paycheck should be made during your first day or week of actual employment on site, not before.
  • Do not forward, transfer, send by courier (i.e. FedEx, UPS), or “wire” any money to any employer or for any employer using your personal account(s).
  • Do not transfer money and retain a portion for payment.
  • Do not respond to suspicious and/or “too good to be true” unsolicited job emails.
  • In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job. There are some rare exceptions – so be careful, and consult with UCF Career Services first.

If they have encountered a fraudulent posting, company or organization, please contact UCF Career Services via phone at (407) 823-3424 or email csrecruit@ucf.edu so the posting can be investigated and appropriate action can be taken.

  1. They should immediately contact the local police. The police are responsible for conducting an investigation (regardless of whether the scam artist is local or in another state).
  2. If they have sent money to a fraudulent employer, they should contact their bank and/or credit card company immediately to close the account and dispute the charges.
  3. If the incident occurred completely over the internet, they should file an incident report with The United States Department of Justice (www.cybercrime.gov) and the Federal Trade Commission (http://www.ftc.gov).
  4. If they have encountered a fraudulent posting on Handshake, please contact a member of the Employer Relations team so we can research the group and remove the employer from the system.

If they are ever concerned about the validity of a posting, please contact a member of the Career Services Recruiting team for assistance (407) 823-3424 or csrecruit@ucf.edu.