Career Foundations

Allie Simon

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.