Students check in at a table in Heavener Hall with a large banner that says Heavener Career Week

9 ways Warrington helped students get jobs this semester

Companies are prioritizing Warrington students from all degree backgrounds as they look for their next impactful hire. To make sure students are ready to stand out, Warrington continues to emphasize the importance of career readiness for undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Here are nine ways Warrington helped students get some of the best jobs in their industries this semester:

Heavener Career Week: Every year during both the fall and spring recruiting seasons, 45+ employers and 1,5000+ students attend Heavener Career Week. The event allows students to explore career options, learn about company culture, affirm academic major choices, network with employers, and enhance career readiness.

Companies facilitate interactive workshops and information sessions on a variety of career and professional development topics. Students can interact, ask questions, network, and build meaningful relationships with professionals while companies actively recruit for available internship and full-time opportunities.

Professional Development Day: This one-day event is dedicated to furthering the career development of our graduate students. The event consists of several Career Development Workshops delivered by corporate executives, a wide range of industry and functional breakout sessions for our students to gain valuable career information, a panel of Corporate Recruiters to take part in valuable Q&A sessions with our students, and a networking lunch for our students to practice their networking skills to round out the day.

With 300+ students annually in attendance, Professional Development Day aims to help students become better prepared for all important fall recruiting events and the interview season, understand their strengths and weaknesses through feedback from corporate representatives in a low-risk environment, and sell themselves effectively to corporate executive and recruiters.

National Black MBA Association Annual Conference & Exposition: Warrington annually takes MBA candidates to this conference, which convenes Association members, corporate and university partners, and some of the world’s most sought after thought leaders for a week of exploration in the areas of education, leadership, career opportunities, and networking connections that enable professional development.

The event, which began in 1979, welcomes more than 10,000 professionals. It also hosts a Career Expo that features approximately 300 corporations and offers attendees access to premier full-time employment and internship opportunities from hundreds of Fortune 500 corporations with on-site interviews.

Company Information Sessions: The Warrington campus is a priority recruiting location for many of the top companies in the world. It’s rare to find a week at Warrington that doesn’t see numerous company information sessions taking place for students. In September alone, Warrington hosted information sessions for Anheuser-Busch InBev, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, Raymond James Financial, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The Home Depot, Visa, and many others.

These information sessions give students an in-depth look into the company. Students are able to hear about the industry, potential roles in the company and speak with their recruiters.

Gator Graduate Career Fair: This one-day event prioritizes the development of students in the Hough Graduate School of Business. Held during the fall semester, students are able to meet with premier companies looking to hire. The event is hosted in the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and always has a strong turnout, including past attendees like Anheuser-Busch InBev, ExxonMobil, Fisher Investments, IBM, Nationwide Insurance and Verizon.

Interview Day: Taking place the day after the Gator Graduate Career Fair, this is the primary time that companies interview students. Warrington provides convenient on-campus spaces for students to interview with companies of interest.

Career Coaching: The Business Career Services office provides coaching that ensures students are ready to take advantage of their career opportunities. The team boasts 30+ years of combined private sector experience within functions such as human resources, executive recruiting, management consulting and campus recruiting. Business Career Services also comprises of 30+ years spent in academia. As career coaches build relationships with students, they’re able to provide a personalized approach that can assist the student in finding an ideal professional fit, along with becoming talent acquisition consultants to the companies that recruit them.

Through mock interviews, resume review and other resources, the Business Career Services team ensures that Warrington students are prepared for success in their job search.

City treks: MBA students can participate in a city trek, which gives students an in-depth look into major companies in nearby cities. Previous trips have already taken place in Miami, where students toured Carnival and Citrix, and Tampa, where students toured Raymond James and Amgen. UF MBA alumni at these companies play an important role in facilitating the trips, and students are able to leave with a better idea of the organization.

CAP Mentors: Through the Career and Academic Peer Mentors, students receive peer-to-peer career development. Mentors have prior internships at major companies, and they host more than 1,100 one-on-one career advising appointments with business majors each semester.

The program has been around since 2009 and focuses on internship acquisition strategies, developing LinkedIn profiles, resume creation, mock interviews and relaying tips to engage corporate recruiters at events.