Become the Master of Your Career – Part 2

Welcome back! In our last blog, we introduced our Career Readiness Badging Program and two of its essential skills that you can earn your badge in: Professionalism and Career Management. If you haven’t read it yet, you can catch up on those two skills here.

If you’re already on your way to becoming a master, awesome! Don’t forget, our Career Readiness Badging Program allows you to become the master of your career by helping you make meaningful connections between your experiences here at USF and your life after graduation!

Today we’re going to focus on two more of the essential skills you need to become career ready: Communications and Technology!


This essential skill refers to both written and oral communications, like email, talking on the phone, memos, and face-to-face conversations. Communications involves the ability to clearly and effectively articulate your thoughts and ideas to another person. That may not seem too difficult, but master communicators know that a conversation depends not only on their own abilities, but also on how familiar their audience is with the topic.

For example, let’s say you’re working as a sales associate at an outdoor recreation store, and a customer who has never gone camping before comes up to you and asks you to explain the difference between two seemingly identical tents. The conversation that you have with this customer would be pretty different from the conversation you’d have with an experienced camper, but you’d be expected to be able to switch between both types of conversations in order to make sales goals for your store.

In order to master this essential skill, you’ll need to use your experiences in the classroom, on the job, and in your extracurricular activities to show how you can communicate with people familiar with the career field you want to go into and the customers you serve who may not be as familiar with the technical terms you use.


No matter what career you might be thinking about pursuing, you’re probably going to use technology in your role. Mastering the Technology essential skill doesn’t mean that you have to be familiar with every single piece of existing software in the world – that would be impossible! Rather, being a master means that you’re able to adapt to new and emerging technologies and that you can use them to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

The best way to be able to understand how different technologies work and can be used is to start using them! Do a little bit of research to find out what kind of technology might be used in your career field or industry, and then start familiarizing yourself with them.

As a USF student, you have free access to through IT Services. offers online videos with courses and training programs for just about everything imaginable, and you can login easily through MyUSF.

The USF Tampa Libraries Digital Media Commons also offers opportunities to learn about some Adobe Creative Cloud products, like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. You can find their list of workshops and get information about their Digital Media Creation Badging Program on their website.


We’ve introduced you to four of the essential skills you should master in order to be career ready! Look out for our next blog post where we focus on two more of the skills: Teamwork and Leadership!

If you’re ready to become career ready, consider joining us for one of our upcoming orientation sessions.



Get Answers at Career Services

You made it through the first week of the Fall 2017 semester! Congratulations!

How do you like your classes so far? Do you still feel confident in your major choice? What are your thoughts about your life after graduation?

Have you been asking yourself questions like these?

These can be scary thoughts to face alone! And it doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been at USF, these types of questions can bubble up at any time. When they do come up, it’s good to know where you can get answers so that you feel confident, are not stressed, and are able to take classes you enjoy and plan to explore a career pathway that you are excited about.

Luckily, at Career Services, we have staff members who are trained to assist you with all of these questions, and the questions that you didn’t even know you had yet! Keep reading below to find out more about what our office does and how we can help you face any question you might have about your major or career while at USF.


Guest Relations Assistants

The Guest Relations Team staffs our front desk area. When you have questions about what our office does, or you need help figuring out what your next step should be, the Guest Relations Assistants will be able to help you navigate our office quickly and easily so that you can get answers to your time-sensitive questions without skipping a beat!


Career Peer Advisors

We encourage those who are new to our office to start with our walk-in service, Career Express, staffed by our team of Career Peer Advisors. Our Peers are undergraduate students who have been trained to assist other students with their quick career-related questions, like where to find on-campus job postings, and with career documents, like resumes and cover letters.

Already have a resume or cover letter? Bring a printed copy with you for a review. If you’re not sure how to start writing either of those things, check out the resources on our website, or come by and ask for help creating one. If you do this, it’s best to come with some knowledge of your past experience, be that work experience, involvement in student organizations, volunteering, or something else!


Career Consultants

Your Career Consultant is an advisor who is dedicated to assisting you with your career goals. This can include deciding what kind of career you want to pursue, discovering job opportunities within that career field, understanding and refining required application materials, and preparing for job interviews. Our Consultants meet with students from specific major groups or industries. To find out who your Career Consultant is, contact our office or visit us during one of our events.

We recommend meeting with a Career Peer Adivsor during Career Express before seeing your Career Consultant so that the time you spend with the Consultant can be more focused. If you have questions about this, please contact our office.

We also have a Career Counselor in our office who works with students that are trying to change majors. If you don’t feel confident in your choice of major, we will work with you to explore your interests, personality, skills, and values through an assessment called MyPlan to help you decide on both a career and a major that better aligns with you.


Other Services

Our office also offers many other services to help you answer your career-related questions. We have career courses, a wide variety of internship opportunities, a Cooperative Education program, Career & Internship Fairs and other employer events, and so much more.

To explore all that we have available, check out our website.

You’ll also want to make sure that you activate your Handshake profile to keep up with our on-campus events. When you activate it, check the box to make your profile visible to employers. They may want to reach out to you about opportunities you may not have considered! You can also upload your resume to your documents, make it a public resume that can be accessed by hiring employers, and use it to build your profile. If you have questions about Handshake, stop by during our Career Express hours!

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 has put together a good list that you can access at

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, 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:


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 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:

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:


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.