Senior Associate Director for Career Foundations
I currently serve as the Senior Associate Director for Career Foundations. In this role, I provide leadership and strategic vision for the center’s foundational student career services. I focus on a “student first” mindset to employ innovative ideas for supporting University of Florida students during their time as a Gator. In addition, my area supports career development initiatives throughout the entire student life cycle. This includes leveraging resources and services to engage students early in conversations surrounding career planning. I also work to plan our strategies for connecting with campus partners, including faculty, to ensure that career is infused throughout the University of Florida student experience.
Having over a decade of experience in career services, I have been privileged to hold multiple roles throughout my time at the Career Connections Center- all with the underlying mission to serve students. I am committed to personalizing services, as well as creatively scaling our work to be most accessible to UF students. I am always looking for a new way to connect with students and tell the stories of the impact that our work has on our Gator community and beyond.
I am a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and am a double Gator- with my graduate degrees from the College of Education, and my undergraduate degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I am personally passionate about mentorship, teaching, supporting new supervisors, and advocating for the unique needs of women leaders. In my free time, I love to travel, cook, and spend quality time with my husband, my daughter, and our dog, Gracie.
In my role as the Senior Assistant Director for Career Engagement, I coordinate the early learner program at the Career Connections Center of the University of Florida. My passion lies in guiding individuals toward their aspirations, and I am fortunate to embody this passion daily as a dedicated career coach. My focus is on providing unwavering support to both UF students and alumni, offering personalized one-on-one career coaching sessions and enlightening workshops. Together, we delve into the realm of career possibilities, foster experiential growth, expand professional networks, cultivate skill sets, and chart out their subsequent steps.
Beyond my role as a career coach, I am entrusted with shaping a strategic vision that nurtures the engagement of first-year, second-year, and transfer students at UF. This vision is aimed at enriching their awareness of career development and professional growth within the esteemed University of Florida. In this capacity, I collaborate with industries to propel experiential learning opportunities for early learners. Additionally, I engage in the important work of educating, consulting, and advising K-12 educators and administrators, equipping them with insights into the evolving landscape of work and strategies for embedding career and professional development into the curriculum.
Moreover, I am responsible for the planning and coordinating of center-wide events that bring the UF community together. These events include the Majors & Minors Fair, the Faculty and Staff Career Symposium, and the prestigious University of Florida Career Influencer Awards.
Specialties and InterestsEarly Learner, Experiential Learning, Experience Optimization, Strategic Partnerships
Career Engagement Career Coach
Welcome Gators! My name is Danie Adams and I am the Career Engagement Career Coach. Within my role, I provide one on one career planning appointments to students interested in all Career Pathways at the University of Florida. In addition, I supervise our Career Engagement Career Ambassador team and oversee our Express Drop-in and Outreach Services. My focus is to provide resources and career education to all students whether they are first–year exploratory students, students entering the final semester of their graduate programs, or anywhere in between.
Career Pathways Coach -- Human Services, Consulting, and Education
Hello Gator Nation! I’m Sarah, and I serve as the Career Coach for Human Services, Consulting, and Education. Within my role, I support the Gator Nation by conducting career planning appointments, facilitating career-based workshops, and creating educational resources centered on career development and professional branding. I also provide outreaches to classes, campus partners, and student organizations!
In my role as a Career Coach and previously as a sixth-grade schoolteacher, I have always strived to create spaces for students to maintain autonomy and “center themselves” within their professional journeys. I hold the belief that career is a process — meaning there’s no set path to reach a particular career, it’s all about the experiences you have along the way to reach that ideal path for yourself.
Schedule an appointment with me for all your career and professional development-related inquiries!
Assistant Director for Career Pathways- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Hi STEM students! My name is Jessica Hendrick, and I am the Assistant Director for Career Pathways serving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math students. My role is to help you explore potential career paths, gain experience, make connections, and help you prepare for personal and professional success. You can meet with me one-on-one or attend a workshop or event I host.
I have a BS in Education/English, a MA in English, and a MS in Educational Leadership. I have taught high school and college for over fifteen years and worked in career services for the last eight years at three universities. I have spent my whole career supporting students and am passionate about helping students find personal and professional success.
Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling, biking, camping, doing home renovations, and spending time with son Heston.
I would love to meet with you to support with your professional growth and career goals.
My passion to help others led me on a path that has allowed me to become a Career Pathways Coach. I serve students within the STEM pathway with a focus on STEAM – it’s STEM with the Arts spliced in! My goal is to help everyone I work with strive toward the career goals that align with their ideal self. This looks not just like creating resumes and looking up job opportunities but also exploring what gaining experience and creating connections look like.
I am a graduate of the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) with a BS in Psychology. I also minored in Classics and completed the Pre-Dental track. Before returning to UF, I served as an Employment Specialist.
I believe that you know yourself best. My role is to be a co-pilot in the journey of finding personal and professional success. You got your brilliant skills and ambition and I’ve got my listening ears on. Let’s go!
Career Coach for Early Engagement
Hi! I am the Career Coach for Early Engagement here at C3! I specialize in helping first and second year students take their first steps in the career development process. Through our coordinated programming and outreach initiatives, I aim to provide expert coaching services and help guide students through the early stages of their career.
While earning my Bachelors Degree from American University in Washington, D.C., I competed on the Division I swim team and served as an Assistant Coach for Nation’s Capital Swim Club. After graduation, I continued to coach for NCAP and earned a spot on staff at Georgetown University.
As a national level swim coach, I learned how to mentor and develop athletes of all ages and abilities. Through my swim coaching years I continued to search for “real” world jobs across an array of industries including fitness tech, education, communications, and even craft beverage! I have gone through the job-hunt process many times and held an almost incalculable amount of roles throughout my career in hopes of finding the perfect fit.
Here at the University of Florida is where I belong. I have since learned how to translate my skills from the pool deck to the Career Connections Center to help students realize where they want to go, and guide them towards that place.
So whatever your career goals are, I am confident we will achieve them together!