• Alumni Professional Engagement

    Career and Professional Development Services

With a UCF degree as a line-item on your resume, you're already well on your way to a phenomenal and fulfilling career. We want to help you get there! We've put together a collection of lifelong professional development programming, services, events and resources to meet the needs of alumni at any stage of career management. Whether you're a new graduate about to be launched into the workforce or an experienced professional looking for a career transition, we're here to help.

UCF Career Services

We offer career and professional development programming and services to alumni, beyond their one semester following graduation.

 

UCF Alumni Professional Engagement will not be accepting career appointments between December 1st and December 17th.  The university will also be closed due to the holiday season between December 20th-December 31st.

 

In the meantime, we have numerous resources to assist you with the topics below:

 

  • Career Exploration
  • Resume and Cover Letter Critiques
  • Job Search Strategies and Networking
  • Interview Practice

View the resource tabs below to get started with your career and professional development journey!

Complimentary Skills Training for Pandemic-Displaced Workers

If you lost your job or have experienced cut hours at work, we want to help! 

 

The UCF ChargeUP! program is geared toward residents in Orange County, Osceola County, Lake County, Seminole County and Sumter County who lost full-time jobs in the hospitality or leisure industries. The program offers professional development training from Microsoft Learn and LinkedIn Learning. If you are interested in participating, contact UCF Continuing Education at 407-882-0260 or [email protected].


Career Coach Referral Program

More information coming soon!

Explore Careers

Business students


What Can I Do With This Major?

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about common career areas, typical employers and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. This resource also includes a list of websites that provide information about majors and careers. Click on "What can I do with this major?" under the Discover Interests and Majors section of the UCF Career Services website to access.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Find information on the nature of the work, working conditions, the training and education needed earnings and expected job prospects for a wide range of occupations.

 

Search for Jobs

 

Handshake
Through a free Handshake account, students and alumni can search and apply for part-time and full-time jobs, upload resumes, research employers, RSVP for workshops and learn about other career events.

Industry Specific Job Search Sites
Some industries use specific job search sites to post positions. This list compiled by Career Services includes sites for Health, Education, Engineering, Computer Science, Hospitality, and more.

Career Shift

  • Search & save high quality, filtered job listings
  • Get up-to-date contact information for millions of companies
  • Access in-depth information about companies

Additional Job Boards

Skills and Resources

Why Professional Development Is Important

Here are three benefits of professional development and how you can get started today.

 

How to Job Search During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guide

These tips will help you navigate the job search process during the pandemic and the associated economic slowdown.

 

5 Ways to Be More Productive While Working From Home
Working from home can be extremely different from the office, but it also comes with some great benefits.

 

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile to Get More Job Offers
Four strategies you can use to stand out and get more job offers.

 

6 Steps to a Successful Career Change
Six steps you can take to increase your chances of success.

 

 

Interview Resources

 

Nail the Interview

Follow these best practices to NAIL your next interview.

 

6 Tips to Negotiate Your Salary with Confidence

 

How to Conduct an Informational Interview

 

 

Interview Preparation at Big Interview

Use Big Interview to learn and practice your interview skills, whether you’re interviewing for a job or graduate school.


Create an account using the UCF organization code: 1963

Resume Tips

 

Resume Guide
Tips on writing an effective resume to get your foot in the door.

 

Resume Action Verbs
Make your resume stand out by using these 185 action verbs.

 

Professional Summary Examples

 

Resume Samples:

Continuing Education


UCF Alumni provides alumni access and discounts to UCF Continuing Education programs and exam preparation courses. Acquire new skills to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment, enhance your office productivity or gain a competitive advantage with a new certification while saving money through UCF Continuing Education. Are you applying for graduate school? Score higher on your graduate admission exam with UCF Test Prep's comprehensive review courses.

Graduate School


Take the time to research the universities and programs of your interest. Below are some factors you should consider:

  • What is the reputation of the program?

  • Where is the program located (what are the weather conditions, cost of living)?

  • What are the admissions criteria (GPA requirement, entrance exams)?

  • What types of classes and concentrations are offered? How do they relate to your interest?

  • What is the size of the institution? What are the research interests of faculty?

  • What types of funding opportunities are available (grants, fellowships, scholarships)?

  • What is the student-to-faculty ratio?

  • How many students apply and are accepted to the program?

Upcoming Events

Alumni can attend major events hosted by UCF Career Services (i.e., Graduate and Professional Schools Fair, Employment Prep Fair, Career Expo, and specialized presentations or panels).

Looking for a webinar you can watch right now?

Catch up on the latest UCF Alumni offerings with our library of recorded events and webinars. We’ve compiled a variety of recorded events and webinars in one place for you to enjoy at your convenience. Check out our Alumni Virtual Hub today!

Become a Career Influencer

We are always searching for talented individuals to present workshops, webinars and programs to inspire our UCF alumni. If you are interested in speaking as a panelist during an event or presenting a career/professional development workshop to alumni, contact Ashley Turner '12.

 

UCF Knights Network FAQs

 

UCF Knights Network is our alumni professional networking platform that promotes career and professional development, entrepreneurship, job opportunities and mentorship. Join today to stay connected with Knight Nation!

On UCF Knights Network, you can:

 

Get Involved

Make connections within the UCF community through collaboration and mentorship.


Seek Advice 

Find fellow Knights who are eager to provide guidance and support.


Expand Your Network 

Build your professional network and get introduced to people you would like to know.


Advance Your Career 

Advance your career by hearing about professional opportunities shared within the UCF community.


Share your Business

 Promote your business on the Business Directory.


UCF Knights Network is currently a platform available for UCF Alumni and select UCF Staff and Friends of the University. We hope to open it up to a broader audience in the future!

UCF Knights Network is an alumni networking virtual career center.  The platform allows you to both reconnect with old classmates as well as enable you to utilize the trusted UCF environment to expand your professional network. It is your one stop shop to stay connected with UCF after graduation. Stay up to date on UCF news, alumni events, career and professional development resources, job opportunities and more!

On UCF Knights Network, users can join the conversation by connecting with alumni who are willing to share their expertise. Having a mentor can contribute enormously to your success in future professional aspirations. With a mentor, even experienced professionals can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of someone who has withstood the trial and error of their career journey. Users opt in during registration and can search the directory for other users who can mentor them or who they can offer to mentor.

UCF Knights Network offers alumni to alumni, informal mentoring. Registered users can seek advice from participating users who are willing to help others. The Mentoring feature is not a formal mentoring program and a user can decide how involved they want to be in the mentoring relationship. Flash mentoring options can include reviewing resumes, meeting for coffee, sharing career advice or volunteering. If interested in formal, alumni to student mentoring programs, visit HERE for more information.

As many of our alumni-owned businesses are experiencing financial struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting their products and offerings within this exclusive community can really be a game-changer. UCF Knights Network gives you a space to easily and effectively promote your business/service within a robust directory and offer benefits to others within the network- for free! Whether your business is big or small, we are offering this online resource where you can promote your products and offerings to our UCF alumni across the globe!

UCF Knights Network offers alumni the ability to both view and post open job vacancies within their organizations! Registered users can view available job opportunities listed on the Job Board in many different industries and apply through the platform.

 Thank you for your interest in recruiting UCF alumni for full-time and part-time professional career opportunities. We are excited to showcase and promote your organization and potential career opportunities. Please contact [email protected] to get started!

  • Go to ucfknightsnetwork.com and complete the registration process.
  • Make sure your profile is complete and be sure to add a recent headshot.
  • Post an update on the main feed or in a group and let your fellow Knights know what you’ve been up to.
  • Send messages and express your interest in seeking advice and willingness to help.
  • Share job openings within your organization on the Job Board.
  • Showcase and promote alumni businesses in the Business Directory.
  • Explore UCF Knights Network.

This is a volunteer opportunity for UCF alumni to provide minimal commitment to helping the platform and network grow. We would like to use your passion and creativity to help make this platform a dynamic community.

 

Why become an Ambassador?

  • Join an exclusive group of UCF alumni who are dedicated to expanding UCF’s professional network.
  • A zero-cost opportunity to give back to UCF. 
  • Enhance your resume.
  • Position yourself as a leader amongst your peers.

 

Please contact [email protected] if interested!