Professional Exploration & Development

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Professional exploration and development activities encompass a variety of career and professional development experiences that extend beyond the classroom, allowing you to gain practical skills and insights into your chosen fields. These activities may include job shadowing, micro-internships, part-time jobs, and other specialized opportunities.

Why be involved with Professional Exploration & Development Experiences?

Engaging in professional exploration activities gives you hands-on experience in real-world work environments, where you can apply classroom knowledge to practical situations and develop valuable skills.

Participating in professional exploration activities enables you to explore different career paths, industries, and job roles, helping you clarify your interests, goals, and aspirations for future employment.

Professional exploration activities provide opportunities to network with professionals in various fields, allowing you to build relationships and expand your professional network. This can be invaluable for future career opportunities and mentorship.

Through professional exploration activities, you can develop and enhance essential skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management, highly valued by employers across industries.

Involvement in professional exploration activities allows you to gain relevant experience to enhance your resume and differentiate yourself in the competitive job market. This increases your employability and marketability to potential employers.

Engaging in professional exploration activities fosters personal growth by challenging you to step out of your comfort zone, build confidence, and adapt to new situations and challenges. Ultimately, this contributes to your overall development and success.

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Career Resources

Looking for Federal Work Student and other part time jobs? The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is here …

Looking for a student employment opportunity? Consider working with UF Division of Student Life

Mentorship is an opportunity for professional exploration and development.

Join Gator Network the University of Florida’s alumni network providing career advice, mentorship, and networking opportunities for students and alumni …

Use Parker-Dewey to find micro-internships and short-term project opportunities to gain practical experience and explore different career paths.

Discover for an online platform connecting with resources and opportunities for professional development and career advancement in various fields.

Contact & Location


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.