Become the Master of Your Career – Part 4

Welcome once again! We’re wrapping up our Become the Master of Your Career series today with Part 4. You can revisit Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you need a refresher.

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! You’re now well on your way to understanding what it takes to become a master, so you may want to consider signing up for one of our Career Readiness Badging Orientations. We only have a few orientation sessions left this semester, but we’ll be back with more in the Spring!

Now, let’s talk about the last two essential skills you need to become career ready: Critical Thinking and Global Citizenship!


Critical Thinking
You use critical thinking skills every day when you do things like driving your car or choosing courses to fit your schedule. But when you want to show future employers that you’ve mastered the Critical Thinking essential skill, you’re not going to simply flash your driver’s license as proof.

Whereas most of the other essential skills have some kind of tangible manifestation, Critical Thinking is very cerebral. Master Critical Thinkers are able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. While you may have some type of final product, like a research paper, the original and creative thought process you use to get there isn’t always immediately understood by others. This can make talking about this skill to future employers a little difficult.

Through the Career Readiness Badging Program, we make having conversations about your mastery of the Critical Thinking essential skill easier. We’ve given you a few ideas about where you can learn this skill, like math courses, research workshops, and conferences related to your major or future career field. We have also partnered with offices across campus, like the Office of Undergraduate Research, to make sure that there are opportunities for you to get experience using this skill that you can put on your resume. One you’ve gotten some experience, we’ll help you discover ways that you can talk to employers about this essential skill with a sample interview question.


Global Citizenship
USF is proud to be home to an incredibly diverse population of students, staff, and faculty that represent more than 125 countries! We’re nationally recognized as an institution that embraces its diversity and offers a variety of global opportunities to its students.

If you remember back to Part 1 of our series, we talked about NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and how they created the eight essential skills we’ve been talking about. Global Citizenship, the final essential skill we’ll discuss in our series, was just added to NACE’s list in January 2017. Its addition speaks to the importance of employees who are masters of Global Citizenship within our increasingly global economy.

Masters of the Global Citizenship essential skill value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and viewpoints. They are also open, inclusive, and sensitive, and are able to interact respectfully with all people.

Because USF is so diverse, there are tons of offices (like the Global Citizen Project) and student organizations (like the Latin American Student Association) on campus for you to get involved with. In fact, USF is home to 43 multicultural student organizations! You can find them all and learn how to get involved on BullSync.

As you start to learn about the Global Citizenship essential skill, find ways to get experience that is related to your major or future career field. Global Citizenship impacts every industry in some way, and even if the company you eventually work for only has domestic offices, you’ll still come into contact with people who have different backgrounds than you. Try doing some research into companies within your field of interest and see how they’re impacting their local and global community for ideas on where you can get experience and become a master of Global Citizenship!


We’ve spent the last couple of weeks telling you a little bit about each of the eight essential skills in our Career Readiness Badging Program, but there is so much more that you can learn! If you’re ready to become the master of your career, join us for one of our upcoming orientation sessions. We only have a few dates left this fall semester, but we’ll have a full schedule again in the Spring!



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!

Social Networking

Do you have a thousand followers, or a couple friends? Are you the next YouTube star, or do you prefer to sing in the shower? Do you love meeting people and connecting with them online, or would you rather have a one-on-one chat with someone over coffee?

Does the idea of meeting new people thrill you, or intimidate you?

Meeting new people, making friends, connecting with others, and building your network is different for different people. While extroverts may be able to expand their network more quickly and easily than introverts, they may not make connections that are as meaningful as the ones that introverts make. And neither option – a large network of unfamiliar names and faces, or a smaller group of close friends and associates – is better or worse than the other.

Regardless of who you are or how you connect with people, building and maintaining your network becomes an important part of your college life from the moment you step on campus. You’ll meet roommates, classmates, students in your organizations, work colleagues, professors, and advisors. Through Career Services, you can make connections with your Career Peer Advisors, your Career Consultant, and the employers who can’t wait to have you on their teams! And, while not all of the new people you meet will become your best friends or colleagues, they each have experiences that they can share with you to help you realize your next step towards your life after graduation.

Because of the vast number of people you’ll come into contact with during college, building your network can be easy, even if you’re an introvert. Maintaining that network doesn’t have to be hard either, but it will require some forethought. Before you add your professor to your Facebook, check out our social media tips below.


Get Connected

Decide what social media platforms, if any, you’ll want to use to connect with people. If you already have social media accounts and don’t want people to find and add you, make sure your privacy settings are updated. Keep in mind that what is posted online never truly goes away, even if your account is completely private.

Some people choose to create a public account that anyone can see, including potential employers. If you decide to do this, watch what you share and post to that site. While you do have to be mindful of what you share, creating an online presence is increasingly important for those who will eventually be seeking employment. Many employers research potential hires and look at their social media accounts to see if their activity aligns with the organization’s culture.

For maintaining professional networks, we recommend using LinkedIn. In addition to being the preferred platform of many employers, you are able to customize your link so that you can easily add it to business cards or your resume. If you need assistance setting up your LinkedIn profile, or understanding how to use LinkedIn, schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant.


Google Yourself

Want to know what others see before they see it? Type your name into Google and see what pops up. If you don’t like what you see, you can try to work with a Search Engine Optimization expert to bury undesired content or make other content more relevant.


Use an Appropriate Email Address

Your middle school email address is not the address you want to email your professors or advisor from, and it is certainly not what you want listed on your resume. Because your social media accounts are often linked to an email address, consider creating a professional email address and relinking the accounts to it. That way, if the email address ever shows up, you don’t have to worry about it being linked somewhere that embarrasses you or that you no longer access. When creating a professional email account, we always recommend using some combination of your first and last name.



College is a great opportunity for you to begin building your network and making connections. If you’re not sure how to start, try saying hello!

If you need help figuring out how to network, what kinds of people would be good for you to connect with, or how you can get involved at networking events, contact USF Career Services to schedule an appointment with your Career Consultant or view out tips online here:

Semester At a Glance

What does your fall semester look like?

Are you still hoping to get into a few classes, or have you picked everything out and organized your planner already?

Wherever you’re at, it’s a good idea to double-check what you’ve signed up for, or hope to sign up for! When registering for classes, try to keep the following tips in mind.


Follow Your Plan

If you haven’t met with your Academic Advisor recently, schedule an appointment or send them an email to make sure that you’re still on track to satisfy all your degree requirements. You don’t want to be enrolled in classes that don’t count toward your requirements! Your academic advisor will be able to assist you with what classes you should be taking and which semester you should be taking them.


Request Course Permits

Do you know if any of your classes require a permit? If they do, you’ll get a registration error when you try to add courses without the permit. Most of the time, you’ll be able to see the contact information to request a permit when you try to sign up for the class. If this information is not available, simply reach out to your academic advisor and they can assist you.


Fulfill Course Requirements

Some classes have to be taken in a specific order, and some require that you achieve a certain score from previous classes before you can register for the next class in the sequence. Make sure that you understand any prerequisites for the courses that you have to take before you attempt to register for them.


Don’t Overdo It

When registering for courses, make sure you’re considering all of the other factors in your life. Do you have a job that requires you to work certain hours? Do you have dependents that need you to be available? Are you taking a course with a heavy writing load or a lot of exams? Mastering the balance between your classes and your extra-curriculars may take some time, but it will definitely save you some stress during the semester.

If you’re considering how to balance classes and a work schedule, keep in mind that those students who work part-time as a full-time student tend to perform better in their academics than their peers how don’t work or who work full-time jobs and attend classes full-time. If you’re interested in working part-time, but don’t know where to start, check out Handshake of Careers@USF, or stop by the Career Services office for some personalized guidance.


Keep Your Interests in Mind

College is all about self-exploration and learning new things that you never even considered! Every degree allows you the option to choose some electives so that you can experience ideas that can help you understand how to relate your coursework and your passions to your future career. For example, if you’re a marketing major with an interest in art history, take some art history electives! Not only will you have the opportunity to explore your interests, but you’ll also learn information that you may be able to use in your future jobs.



Registering for courses isn’t as simple as clicking a button and showing up on the first day. Deciding which classes to take is a process that allows you to explore what you learn while at USF.

If you have some room in your fall schedule, check out the courses we offer at Career Services. Career Development for Today (SLS 2401) is geared toward helping freshmen and sophomores choose a major and career. Job Search (SLS 3308) helps prepare juniors and seniors get ready for the world of work. For more information on these courses, please visit

Packing for Your Fall 2017 Experience

Hey USF!

Are you ready for the Fall 2017 semester?

We know how much can be going on in your head when you pack, so we’ve put together a list of things that you should remember to bring with you – especially if you’re planning to look for a job, research or volunteer position, or internship!


Work and Health Related Documentation

If you want to work on or off campus, you’ll want to make sure that you have any documents you might need during the hiring process. This normally includes your original birth certificate and social security card; passport, driver’s license, or other government-issued photo ID; and visa documents, if you’re an international student. Also, if you were awarded the Federal Work Study, or FWS award, make sure that you accept the award on OASIS before applying to jobs.

Some organizations also require that you have health check-ups or tests done before you can work, so be sure to bring any insurance information, and have your shot records up-to-date and forwarded to your local doctor’s office.

It’s also good to plan to bring a fireproof safe to keep these documents locked up and out of harm’s way!


Medical Prescriptions

Make sure to remember to pack any prescription medications, and be sure to have extra supplies in case it takes you a while to see a local doctor and get your prescription filled close to USF. Just like your insurance information, be ready to pass any of your current prescription information on to your local doctor.


Interview-Ready Attire

Even if you’re not looking for a job or internship, you never know what might come your way! It’s good to be ready for any situation, so pack both business casual and business professional attire in your suitcase.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll interview for the perfect research position, or you’ll have to dress up for an in-class presentation!

Don’t have business appropriate attire? Don’t stress! Visit Suit-A-Bull, the on-campus business attire lending closet, and borrow clothing for free. Details about Suit-A-Bull, including their hours, can be found here:


School (or Office?) Supplies

Don’t be that one guy who always borrows their neighbor’s pen and then writes on themselves because they forgot their notebook too! Stay on top of your semester by making sure you have everything you need to succeed before you get to campus. Plus, if you start working, you’ll have all the office supplies you’ll need for your first day on the job.

Pro tip: You can pick up a free USF planner at the MSC. Just bring your USF ID Card.


Keep Dates in Mind!

Remember, residence halls open on Thursday, August 17 for the Fall 2017 semester. If you haven’t started packing, you still have some time!

Once you get to USF, meet up with Career Services at our 4th Annual Career Kickoff Cookout on Thursday, August 24 near the Student Services Building, and at the Part-Time Job Fair on Thursday, August 31 in the MSC Ballroom. Get more details at


For more things to check off your packing list, please visit . You’ll also find important information about parking, dining, and on-campus mail at this link.