Until Grad School …

You have finally walked across the stage, shaken hands with President Judy Genshaft, and received your diploma. Many graduates plan to continue their education in graduate or professional school. There are many reasons to consider furthering your education right away, but what if you’re not ready for that step yet? In today’s post, we’ll discuss possible options that you can consider until you’re ready for grad school.

Entry-Level Jobs
When you graduate with your undergraduate degree, you will likely pursue one of two paths: furthering your education or entering the workforce. While some students go straight to grad school and others may have plans of returning to school later, the vast majority of students choose to immediately begin working in entry-level positions.

Entering the world of work allows you to begin using your degree instantly. You’re able to gain experience and continue to build on the essential skills that you developed in college. You’re also able to start establishing yourself financially, and while this isn’t impossible to do in graduate school, it may be a little easier to do.

Entry-level jobs also help you understand the industry that you have decided to work within. You can learn from your supervisors and coworkers, ask questions about how upper management makes their decisions, and continue to build your professional network in ways that can help you advance your career. Learning the ins and outs of the company and industry that you work within can help you determine whether or not furthering your education may be the right choice for you and can help you select an appropriate program of study.

If you’re considering an entry-level position, check out our Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair Week. Employers will continue to register up until the week before the first fair on January 31, 2018, so mark your calendars now!

Myth: Internships are only for current students. Fact: Many companies accept recent graduates into their internship programs on a track toward full-time employment.

If you focused on your studies during your undergraduate years, a post-graduate internship can help you get some work experience on your resume. This allows the company to test your essential skills, like professionalism, teamwork, and communication and gives you an opportunity to see if you like the position and company before you agree to a full-time role.

To find these opportunities, you can attend our Spring 2018 Career & Internship Fair Week, but you may want to check out our other employer events as well. On November 14, we have an Industry Networking Night event for the Financial Services Industry, which will allow you to meet with representatives from a few companies all in one place. You don’t have to be a business or finance major to attend, but you should have an interest in working within the Financial Services Industry.

You can check out all of our opportunities to meet with employers on campus in Handshake in the Events and Fairs sections of the site. You can also use Handshake to do research on your own to see which companies have internships available for seniors or recent graduates.

Trade Schools and Certifications
Graduate and professional schools are not the only places where you can pursue post-graduate education. Trade schools are institutions that are focused on teaching their students a particular skill or about a specific industry. These include art institutes, technical schools, and specialists schools.

You can also consider pursuing a certificate program. These are often offered at colleges and universities and are less intense than graduate programs. They may be less expensive, require fewer classes, and take less time to complete than a traditional Master’s degree. Certifications are offered for a variety of different subjects or technologies. If you’re planning to work in a technology-driven industry or role, you can get certifications for Adobe, Microsoft, and Google, to name a few.

For both trade schools and certifications, be sure to do your research about what is offered, how much it will cost, how long it will take, and whether or not it will benefit you in your industry. If you need help considering this option or beginning your search, schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant through Handshake.

Time Off
If you take time off between graduating with your undergraduate degree and pursuing graduate school or entering the workforce, you may get some questions about what you did with that time during the interview process for your future program or job. Rather than going back home and working in a part-time job (a trap that Don Asher says you may not escape from!), consider taking time to explore your interests. A common option is to travel domestically or internationally. Even though it’s something a lot of people do, you can use this time to help you narrow your interests and solidify your passion for the field that you enter when you return, so don’t be afraid to talk about your unique experience during interviews.

If you absolutely have to return home, but still plan on going to graduate school or entering the world of work later, make your time off count. You may need to have a part-time or even full-time job to help make ends meet and begin paying off student loans if you have them, but you should also consider getting involved in your community. Volunteering can be a great way to demonstrate to a future program administrator or interviewer that you have passion and drive. If you can find volunteer opportunities within an area that you plan to continue to study or work, this will give you some great hands-on experience that can make you stand out during the application process.


Where Are You Searching For Jobs?


With so many tools out there to find jobs, looking for jobs is easy! Whether you’re looking for a part-time or full-time job, or if you want to gain experience through internships or volunteer positions, there is an online search tool for you. Keep reading to find out what you should use!


But First … Make an Impression

At USF, you have opportunities to connect with employers before applying online. Our Fall 2017 Career & Internship Fair Week is just around the corner, and it is the perfect place to make the connections you need to succeed! Put a face to your application, and stand out from the sea of resumes by shaking hands with employers.

Find out more about our Fair Week at fairweek.usfcs.info and how you can prepare at fairready.usfcs.info .


I Want … An On-Campus Job!

On-campus jobs are posted on USF Human Resources’ portal, Careers@USF. You can access Careers@USF by clicking here.

You will find all types of university positions on this site, so use the Job Families filter to search only for Student Employment or Federal Work Study (FWS). If you have the FWS award, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve accepted your award in OASIS, and that you attach a screenshot of your award to your application.

For any on-campus job, you should submit both a resume and a cover letter. If you need help creating or if you want a review of either of these documents, meet with one of our Career Peer Advisors during Career Express, our walk-in service!


I’m Looking for … Off-Campus Opportunities!

 Handshake is your go-to source for off-campus opportunities. This includes full- and part-time jobs and internships. USF is currently connected to over 10,000 employers all across the world! New jobs are posted every day, and right now there are more than 5,000 jobs posted in the system!

To access Handshake, log on to MyUSF and hover over the My Resources tab. Click “Find A Job (Handshake)” and you will be automatically logged in! If you’ve never accessed your account, you should set up your profile before applying to jobs. You can do this quickly and easily by uploading your resume to your documents and then using Handshake’s tool to build your profile!

If you experience any login issues, email us at CareerServices@usf.edu.


I’m Still Looking …

Need help with or want credit for your job search? Take our class! The Job Search (SLS 3308) course helps you learn strategies to assist with the job search process. If you have room for another elective, we highly recommend this one!

In addition, check out these other great platforms:



Not just for the job search, LinkedIn is a powerful tool to help you begin building your professional network. To get started, just create your free profile!


Career Shift

This USF platform is filled with up-to-date off-campus positions all over the nation.



If you’re looking for an internship, this is the place to search! There are over 7,000 internships posted on this site!



Indeed has had over 750,000 jobs posted within the last week and you can look for free without creating a profile.



Monster not only has a lot of job opportunities, but it also has sections of its website dedicated to career resources.






Career Courses

Have you dropped a class or decided that you want to take another one? Register for one that will help you with your career!

We offer two career-related courses that will help you figure out what you want to do and how to develop the skills to do it while you are in college.


Career Development Today (SLS 2401)

Career Development for Today is a course offered to freshman and sophomore level students. In this course, you will be guided through the career development process from self-assessment to decision making and job searching. You will be able to research occupations, majors, and schools; gain tools to help define self-concept and identify work-related interests, skills, and values; and develop an electronic portfolio that can be updated throughout your working life. The course also provides basic guidance on how to find job openings, write a resume and cover letter, and participate in effective job interviews.


Job Search (SLS 3308)

Job Search is a course offered to junior and senior level students. In this course, you will prepare for a smooth transition to the world of work by becoming aware of the current job seeking trends and skills that will promote success in the job search process.


Through these courses you can learn how to match your major to your career, understand the skills you’ll need to succeed on the job and discover ways you can develop them, decide which companies you would want to work for, and create effective resumes and cover letters to help you land an interview.

For more information on these courses, including the current course offerings and registration numbers, please visit http://www.usf.edu/career-services/students/courses.aspx.

Free for You

Now that you’re settled in your residence hall, or preparing to come to campus on Monday, let’s chat a little bit about all the free stuff that you get as a USF student!

Pro tip: Tampa loves USF! You can get discounts all over for just showing your USF ID Card. When you’re out to eat, always ask and see if they have any special offers for USF students before you check out. The website studentrate.com has put together a good list that you can access at http://www.studentrate.com/usf-Local-Deals.

As far as on-campus services go, there are tons of options for you!


Career Services

Whether you’re a freshman or graduating senior, we have a service that’s just right for you. Here at Career Services, we can help you with the traditional career-related activities you’ll need to do, like resume, cover letter, interview practice, and job search tips. We also help students who are having difficulty choosing a major that not only interests them, but also helps them achieve their career goals. We can help you figure out how to network, approach professionals for informational interviews, land internships or other experiential learning opportunities, and so much more!

We also offer our services in a variety of ways. We have traditional one-on-one appointments and a walk-in service for those quick resume or cover letter questions, but we also offer group Meet-Ups and events with employers all across campus. Be sure to look for us at our Career & Internship Fairs or Part-Time Job Fairs.

We also have an online career management system called Handshake that is free for any USF student to access. To log on, just go to MyUSF, hover over the My Resources tab, and click “Find A Job (Handshake).” You’ll be able to upload your resume and use that to build your profile. Handshake is a machine-learning system, so the more you engage with it, the more it will work for you! For example, if you’re constantly looking for internships and you’re an accounting major, it’ll start referring internship positions that have been posted by accounting firms who regularly recruit USF students and alumni!

Have questions about our services? Visit us in the Student Services Building (SVC 2088), on our website at www.usf.edu/career-services, or call us at (813) 974-21171.


Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is on campus for students who need an open ear. The services they offer aren’t limited to one-on-one appointments, though. They have drop-in groups, recurring groups, and online services available to help anyone who may be in need. They also offer meditation services, walk-in counseling, and an after-hours crisis call line. If you’re in a student organization, take advantage of their workshops, which you can request online.

The Counseling Center is located in the Student Services Building, just across the hall from Career Services in room SVC 2124. You can also reach them by phone at (813) 974-2831 or on their website, here: http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/counseling-center/.


Center for Student Well-Being

The Center for Student Well-Being offers health-related services, including healthy recipes, presentations, chair massages, sexual health resources, and sleep packs, to name a few. They always have new things going on and they offer a wide variety of events throughout the semester. Visit them in MSC 1504 or online at http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/wellbeing/index.aspx for more information.


Transportation Services

USF offers several options for transportation.

The Bull Runner is the on-campus bus system that you can access by showing the driver your USF ID Card. The Bull Runner also runs off-campus to pick students up from some local apartment complexes. Use BullTrackerTM for real-time information on bus locations and arrival predictions. You can find out more information about the Bull Runner here: http://www.usf.edu/administrative-services/parking/transportation/.

SAFE Team is an escort service that operates nightly from 6:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. by golf cart or walking team. If you’re studying at the USF Libraries or have a late-night class, call SAFE Team at (813) 974-SAFE (7233) for an escort so that you arrive at your next location safely.

Alert Cab is a service for USF students who are at least 21 years old. Alert Cab is a free taxi ride from an alcohol-serving establishment to a residence in Hillsborough County. Find out more about Alert Cab and SAFE Team on their website: http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-government/services/safe-team.aspx.


Want more free? View the complete list of free services offered to USF students in the student handbook provided by the Marshall Student Center. Just bring your USF ID Card to pick one up.

What’s Your Tool?

When you have to nail something down, you use a hammer. When you need to combine papers, you use a paperclip or a stapler. But when it comes to get yourself organized …

There are too many options!

You may have the perfect solution for staying on top of the organization game, or you may be struggling to come to terms with the piles of papers and unchecked lists on your floor. If you don’t already have a system that works for you, it can be hard to know where to start. Even if you do have your own system, you may find that your life this semester is crazier than ever and your old tools don’t work anymore.

Wherever you find yourself, don’t let it be under a pile of dirty laundry and leftover containers! Use this guide to figure out how you organize and to learn what the best organization tool might be for you.


The Planner

If you’re a Planner, you’ve got everything you’ve ever done and will do written down in a book that never leaves your side. It’s planned to the minute and you’re always on time. Your friends know you’re having a bad day when you aren’t your typically fifteen minutes early.

Your Suggested Tool: Nothing beats free! Pick up your free copy of the USF Annual Planner at the MSC Info Desk. Be sure to have your USF ID Card on you when you go.


The Artist

As an artist, you have everything color-coded. Your business class has a green binder, notebook, and folder, and you’ve even changed the Canvas color tab. Oh, and don’t forget your green pen! You’re always prepared for class because you know exactly which color to grab as you head out the door.

Your Suggested Tool: Take your color coding to the next level with free highlighters that you can pick up from the Career Services front desk!


The Techie

You let your technology do the heavy lifting for you. You’ve got the latest phone and it never dies because you carry a battery back-up with you. And you’ve synced your preferred calendar so that you get reminders about your next task exactly when you need them. All of your emails are filed away in their folders as soon as they’ve been opened.

Your Suggested Tool: The one tech thing you don’t have? The Handshake app. Download it today and keep up with all the employers coming to campus and recruiting tech-savvy students like you. You can also sync your Handshake calendar to your Google or Outlook calendar so it’ll remind you about upcoming events or appointments.


The Intellect

Your friends can’t believe that you keep everything you’ve got going on in your head, so they’re constantly asking you what your secret is. But you don’t have a single post-it note anywhere, and yet you still manage to get everything done!

Your Suggested Tool: Who are we kidding? You’re on top of it! Instead, make sure that you’ve activated your Handshake account and checked out the upcoming event page. That’ll give you some more things to keep track of!