Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Choosing an Internship: Being Open to Opportunities

Degrees are great, but practical skills are what will land you your dream job down the road. You’ve heard it once, twice, and you’re about to hear it again, “You need to complete an internship prior to graduation.” Although the task of finding an internship may appear to be daunting at first, I can assure you that the process is easier than it looks – it’s all about being open minded and adhering to an objective.
First, what are you looking to gain from the experience?
Ask yourself what you wish to walk away from the experience with, whether it is knowledge of particular skill sets, expanding your social network, or getting a better feel of an industry. From here, make a list of what you are looking for in an internship; duration, time period, area of interest, location i.e. Internships are great – they’re getting you in a hands-on learning environment that future employers will look at when considering you for employment.
Second, be humble in your search endeavors – no opportunity is beneath you.
Bill Gates didn’t start out his career as the chief executive of Microsoft. Admittedly, I attended the Internship Fair last fall with high expectations; I was looking for my dream marketing job in the form of an internship and was under the impression that I shouldn’t settle for anything less. After having spoken to various affiliates pertaining to my major, I stumbled upon an opportunity that wasn’t the “cookie-cutter” opportunity I had been looking for. In fact, it was a start-up company in the area of real estate. However, I took the opportunity nonetheless. Why? Experience. Although the internship did not directly pertain to my major, I gained valuable skill sets and contacts that I was able to utilize on my resume for future endeavors. Come spring time, I landed a chance to work with a merchandising company that is outsourced by the Yankees during their 2014 spring training season. That then led me to my current home in the Office of Career Services. The experience taught me that behind every door, there is a bigger one waiting to be opened – you just have to be patient.
*Attend the Fall 2014 Internship Fair Wednesday, October 1st from 1-3:30p.m. in Fletcher Lounge, Plant Hall. For a list of companies log into your HIRE-UT account now:



Eliza K. Majka

Marketing Intern, Office of Career Services

The University of Tampa

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A New Academic Year. A fresh start to a more professional YOU!

Welcome to all new students and welcome back to those returning! This academic year will be the best yet. In order to ensure that the internship or job of your dreams is right around the corner you should follow these top 5 tips to manage your professional image both in-person and online.

1.       Your Professional Career Starts TODAY

a.       Take on the challenge of a new academic year through the lens of the professional that you are becoming. Every person you interact with is a potential mentor, reference, future colleague and networking contact. Arrive to class on-time, take the time to get to know your professors (they are the experts in their fields!) and consider ways to enhance your  professionalism.

2.       Guard your personal reputation!

a.       Make sure that you know and OWN what is being said about you. What do classmates, professors and/or supervisors think about you? If you don’t know, now is the time to ask!

3.       Google yourself!

a.       What comes up when you google yourself? If an employer searches for your name, what do they find? OWN your image online. Create a professional blog, perhaps a dream career journey. Social media can be a very positive way to interact with the professional world around you. Make sure you DO NOT post inappropriate photos or posts. They could change the course of achieving that dream job.

4.       Dress for the job you want!

a.       We all know you do not have to wear a professional suit to make an impression in everyday life. On the contrary, those students who dress in business casual (no flip flops, short shorts, tank tops, etc.) have the opportunity to stand out amongst their peers and show respect to the faculty teaching these courses. Also, make sure you review the professional dress blog prior to the upcoming Professional Job Fair on October 22.

5.       Become a LEADER!

a.       Challenge yourself to take on an active role in a student club or organization. Employers are interested in those students that not only excel in the classroom but also in the community around them. Leader stands out on a resume!

Take control of your career. Only YOU can dictate your future and it starts TODAY!

Jessie Bush
Assistant Director
Career Coaching & Professional Development

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Get a Part-Time Job…Why?

UT Students!!   Welcome back to The University of Tampa, we hope your Fall semester has gotten off to a great start.   We are thrilled that a record number of students are enrolled at UT this year.   Many of you may be thinking about getting a job or already have a part-time position either on or off campus.  The obvious reason is to make extra money to cover expenses while in school but have you thought about your work through a different lens?   While the money always help, you will most likely be developing various skill sets that will carry you through internships and onto your full-time job search when you leave UT.   From critical communication skills to more technical computer skills, your part-time experience can help you get the edge on that next step.  If you pay enough attention, you will develop a much deeper understanding of various industries as well as the inter-workings of how an office culture really works.  Be sure to capitalize on the many opportunities to meet new people and impress your co-workers to further add to your growing collection of networking contacts.    In closing, the Office of Career Services challenges you to not only get a part-time job but look at it as more than just a paycheck. 

Get a jump on your search by attending the Fall 2014 Part-Time Job Fair this Thursday, August 28 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm in Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge.  For a list of companies log into your HIRE-UT account now.   Best of luck!!
Mark W. Colvenbach
Director, Office of Career Services
The University of Tampa

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Using LinkedIn During A Job Search

Are you new to LinkedIn? Are you fully utilizing LinkedIn in your job or internship search? Find out more about the newest features and strategies for taking advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer by participating in FREE webinars!

These FREE LinkedIn Learning Webinars can be found within the LinkedIn Help Center (located under the “Help” section of your LinkedIn page).  Just type in “Learning Webinars” in the search feature of the Help Center.

Select the webinar that best suits your needs!

If you are new to LinkedIn, I recommend starting with the webinar “LinkedIn 101: The Basics of LinkedIn”. If you are currently in a job or internship search and want to ensure that you are leveraging all of the LinkedIn features participate in “Job Seekers: Tips for Using Your LinkedIn Account to Help You Land Your Next Great Opportunity”.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Graduation 5.11.14 Now What!?!

The Office of Career Services at The University of Tampa would like to congratulate all the Spring 2014 Graduates on their upcoming accomplishment.   Now what you may ask.   While many of you are ready to go off to the real world or have identified your next step from UT, perhaps Corporate America or Graduate school, there are others looking around asking what’s next.    Of course Career Services is opened year round to assist with this but resisting complacency can get you on the right track.   Check out this TOP TEN list of best practices and words of wisdom for recent graduates.   Best of luck on this next exciting journey!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Congratulations Class of 2014!

Congratulations on being a member of the graduating Class of 2014!

What are your plans after graduation? Are you going to Graduate School? Working Full-Time or Part-Time? Tell us about your plans!

The Office of Career Services at The University of Tampa collects data to learn about the post-graduate accomplishments and plans of our alumni. We want to hear from you!

Please take a moment to complete the first destination survey.

Be sure to complete the survey – it does not take long! Each month we hold a drawing for a Starbucks gift card. At the end of survey time period we then have a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card!

By completing this survey, The University of Tampa will be able to provide you with access to alumni salary and employment trend data for 2014 that may be helpful in your future career search needs. Additionally, the answers you provide help us collect valuable data to report back to various accreditation and news agencies (such as US News and World Report and other college rankings). These reports help promote the value of your degree!

Recent recognition includes:
  • The University of Tampa being ranked one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes (2013);
  • UT will be featured in the Princeton Review's "Best Colleges" guidebook (2014);
  • The Sykes College of Business's rank as one of the top 295 in the world by the Princeton Review (2014); and

  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing naming UT's Nursing Program number 1 in the country (2010)!

Please note: All information you provide will remain confidential and will not be used to solicit donations. Responses will only be used in combination with others, in an aggregated form, without any specific identifying information, in order to report first-destination statistics as a Class of 2014. Information given in this questionnaire will never be associated with your name. We ask for your name only to verify that you are a member of the Class of '14. Please complete all sections as instructed.

Thank you very much for your participation! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Career Services.