Business, Public Service and Tourism

The Business, Public Service, and Tourism Career Pathway encompasses a wide range of career interests and opportunities, including business management and administration, finance, entrepreneurship, government and public administration, law and public safety, and hospitality and tourism. Students and alumni exploring careers in these fields will find customized resources, programs, and services to help them achieve their career goals and develop world readiness – the skills they need for life, citizenship, and work.

Career clusters included in this Career Pathway include:

  • Business Management and Administration – includes careers leading and managing businesses, including planning, organizing, and support. This includes entrepreneurship, retail, real estate, and careers leading and managing for-profit, not-for-profit, and government organizations.
  • Finance – includes careers in financial and investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management, including with organizations like banks, insurance agencies, and investment funds.
  • Government and Public Administration – includes careers in government at all levels, including local, state, and federal government entities, international and intergovernmental organizations, and non-government organizations (NGOs). These careers may include public policy, international relations, language and translation, security, natural resources, economic development, and public services.
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security – includes careers in law, public safety, corrections, and security. Pre-law students are included in this career cluster.
  • Hospitality and Tourism – includes careers in managing, marketing, and operations of restaurants, lodging, attractions, recreation, entertainment, sports, and travel.

You are welcome to engage with as many pathways as you would like! Take time to review the community – check out the articles and blog posts and explore the resources to learn more about these industries. You will also find things you can do now, like joining a related student organization or getting involved with a professional association, to explore and develop relevant skills and knowledge.

Gator Career Chat: Bracketing Your Future in Sports (event recap and recording)

The sports industry offers opportunities in management, marketing, analytics, journalism, and more. In this workshop, panelists from a variety of sports backgrounds shared their unique journeys and offered valuable advice for those aspiring to turn their passion for sports into …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Gator Career Chat: Navigating Sales Careers Across Industries (event recap & recording)

In this workshop, professionals from diverse industries unlocked the secrets to success in the dynamic sales world. Participants gained valuable insights into the art and science of salesmanship as the panelists shared their sales roles and approaches, emphasizing the importance …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Gator Career Chat: Building Your Future Through Community Involvement (event recap & recording)

In this workshop, panelists discussed how getting involved in the community offers networking opportunities and a chance to build skills that extend beyond the classroom while making a difference in the lives of our neighbors here in Gainesville. They shared …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Gator Career Chat: Leadership Development & Rotational Programs (event Recap & Recording)

Many companies offer 1-3–year programs that involve rotating through diverse roles to develop experience and leadership skills. Often, these programs are open to graduates from any major, so they are a great way to explore opportunities with various companies. A …

By David Adams
David Adams Assistant Director for Career Pathways – Business, Public Service, and Tourism
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Gator Career Chat: Careers in Human Resources (Event Recap and Recording)

On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the Career Connections Center hosted a virtual panel event on careers in human resources. The panelists provided insight about the day-to-day of their roles, and how they’ve leveraged their educational background and technical skills to …

By Sarah Blackmon
Sarah Blackmon Career Pathways Coach -- Human Services, Consulting, and Education
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J. Wayne Reitz Union
Suite 1300
PO Box 118507
Gainesville, FL 32611-8507

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm

We are located on Level 1 of the Reitz Union.