There are many ways to begin researching and choosing possible careers. The process of career planning usually starts with exploration - learning about various career fields and assessing your values, interests and skills. Academic planning and career planning go hand-in hand, but remember, choosing a major does not necessarily dictate a specific career. We suggest planning your coursework, internships, volunteer opportunities, co-curricular involvement and part-time work alongside your career research to find a fit that is right for you. The Office of Career Services offers the following tools to assist you as you map out your future.
You are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor to discuss your individual questions and to map out a plan for your future. You may use this time to explore career interests, examine appropriate graduate school programs, review your resume, prepare for interviews, or discuss other career related issues. To schedule an appointment, call 407- 646-2195 or stop by the Career Services Office in the 170 W. Fairbanks building. Our office hours are 8:30 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For quick questions on any career planning topic, please consider using our Walk-In service! Stop by the office Monday through Friday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm when a counselor will be on duty to help answer resume questions, discuss internship opportunities, or provide advice for an upcoming interview.
INT 150: Academic and Career Planning Academic and Career Planning is co-taught with TJ's Academic Resource Center and is designed to guide students through the academic and career exploration and planning processes and to provide the strategies and skills necessary for a lifetime of career-related decision making. This course is offered during the fall and spring terms each year, and is recommended for second-semester first-year students and sophomores.
BIO 201: Careers in Biology Careers in Biology is co-taught with faculty from the Biology Department and is designed to provide an avenue for students who have chosen or are considering any of the biological science majors to learn about the diversity of career options available outside of those requiring med school. While the course is targeted to students in their sophomore year, it is open to all class levels.
The first step in the career search process is being able to articulate specific career goals. Many students struggle with this step. Lack of knowledge of ones' interests, skills, or abilities, and the available career options, may lead to frustration and general avoidance of the job search process altogether. Career Services offers both the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). These inventories are designed to help students assess interests, skills, and personality type and how they match possible careers. Students interested in taking a career assessment should first schedule an appointment with one of the career advisors in the office. After discussing your particular questions and learning more about where you are in your career exploration, we will be able to determine which assessment is most appropriate at this time, or if perhaps another resource could be more helpful to you.
Through the Career Services Web site, you have access to important career information 24 hours a day. The Career Services site provides up-to-date career information including related career programs and services as well as valuable links to other career resources. The menu of career resources available to you are listed on the left. The Internet is an important tool when trying to conduct a comprehensive search for a full-time or intern position. The number of job listing and career information sites can be overwhelming when conducting your first job search. We recommend that students take time to review the many sites that are available and identify those that are most consistent with their needs. There are several job search and career/industry research sites available on our Career Resources Online page.
A computerized career guidance system, Choices Planner, helps you examine and organize information about your values, interests, and skills. As you enter self-assessment data into the computer, Choices Planner searches its built-in libraries and identifies careers that most closely match your preferences. It also provides current information on specific careers that you would like to explore, including required education and skills, as well as salary and job outlook information. Choices Planner can be accessed at www.flchoices.org or by logging into your R-CareerLink account and clicking "Choices Planner" under the Quick Links section of the home screen. (Click here if you do not have an R-CareerLink account).
Throughout the year, Career Services offers workshops and programs designed to provide practical tips and proven strategies to give you the competitive edge in the job or internship search process. Regular workshops offered of particular interest to students include: Resume Writing Workshops, Job Searching for Seniors, Internship Information Workshops, and Career Expo seminars. Watch for more information about these and other programs in Career Quest e-newsletters and on the Career Services Calendar.
In addition to job listings, the Career Resource Library includes up-to-date career books, guides and directories. Regardless of where you are in the career search process - exploring career options, preparing for graduate school or deciding on employment offers - the Career Resource Library is rich in resources. Books are shelved according to topic and include: career field information, career planning directories, resume and cover letter resources, job search guides, graduate school and financial aid books, job opportunity information, internship listings and geographical business directories. No appointment is needed to use the self-help Career Resource Library that is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 12noon and 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
Many of the career exploration books are available for weekly checkout from the office. An updated listing of current books/resources that are available for checkout may be downloaded (PDF)by clicking the link below.
The Career Services staff wants to keep you informed about career programs, employment opportunities, and important dates for graduate admission testing and related events. We include all students on our weekly e-mail updates and will send timely announcements to assist you in your career-related endeavors. The Career Quest e-newsletter is sent on Mondays to students' Rollins e-mail accounts. Previous editions may be downloaded on the Career Quest E-Newsletter page.