Career Prep Process
The University of Florida is committed to students’ career exploration and professional development. As a part of this commitment, the University of Florida has created the Career Prep process to connect students with information, tools, and resources to explore major and career pathways within their first year as a student. The Career Prep process was implemented in response to Florida House Bill 1261 as an institution-wide effort for students to make academic and career decisions that support their individual goals.
Career Prep Holds
During a student’s first semester at the University, two Career Prep holds will appear on their account. The student will be required to fulfill actions to lift the two holds in order to register for their summer and fall 2024 courses. The Career Prep process to remove both holds should take approximately 45 minutes to complete in total.
We recommend reading through the FAQs below before beginning the Career Prep process.
WHAT ARE THE TWO HOLDS?
The two Career Prep holds that will appear on the student account are designated as CCC Career Readiness.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION?
In order to register on time for your summer and/or fall 2024 classes you need to complete the requirements of both holds prior to advance registration in March of 2024.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE HOLDS TO BE REMOVED?
Holds should be removed within a few minutes once you have competed the requirements of each hold:
- Complete the Career Prep Canvas module
- Activate your Gator CareerLink account
WHY DO I HAVE TO DO THIS?
The University of Florida is committed to your career exploration and professional development. The Career Prep process is designed to connect you to important tools and resources to develop a career action plan for your time as a University of Florida student. Getting connected to these tools and resources early will allow you to make the most of your time as a college student.
WHAT IF I HAVE TECHNICAL ISSUES?
Canvas recommends using Chrome whenever using their site for the best performance.
For Canvas Issues, contact: (352) 392-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Gator CareerLink issues, please email: email@example.com.
MY FRIEND DID NOT HAVE TO DO THIS, WHY DO I?
The Registrar determines which student accounts receive the hold based on their first year at the University of Florida as of 2022-2023.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
It should take approximately 45 minutes to complete the requirements of both holds.
WHAT IS THE CAREER PREP CANVAS MODULE?
The Career Prep Canvas module connects you with important university and state resources to support your career planning. In this module, you will go through a series of activities that will guide you in exploring and assessing your career and educational goals.
HOW DO I SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS HOLD?
1. Access the Career Prep Canvas module through your Canvas dashboard. All students required to complete the Career Prep process will be automatically enrolled in the Career Prep module on Canvas.
2. Review the Welcome Page and the Introduction Video.
3. Complete all activities within the Career Prep Canvas module. The entire process should take 45 minutes.
4. Pass the final quiz with an 80% or above.
IMPORTANT: A “Clear Your Hold” page will populate when you pass the quiz with a score of 80% or above. Follow the prompts on the “Clear Your Hold” page to successfully remove your hold.
WHERE DO I GET HELP FOR CANVAS ISSUES?
Please note, Canvas recommends using Chrome whenever using their site.
To speak with someone, contact IT Help at: (352) 392-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS GATOR CAREERLINK (GCL)?
Gator CareerLink (GCL) is an online career portal that supports your needs for everything related to career at the University of Florida. With GCL you can setup one-on-one career planning appointments, find hundreds of job and internship opportunities, practice your interviewing skills, and much more!
HOW DO I LOGIN & ACTIVATE MY ACCOUNT?
Logging in is easy. Go to www.career.ufl.edu and click on the “Gator CareerLink” link in the upper right hand corner of the homepage.
Log in with your UF GatorLink username and password to get started.
• If this is your first-time logging in, please note you will be prompted to fill out your account information.
Navigate to the circle icon on the top right corner of the page to access “My Account.” You will need to complete required field(s) notated with a red asterisk within the “Personal,” “Academic,” and “Privacy” sections.
Click “Save” to proceed on each page.
- Read and confirm the policy affirmation and complete the required fields of the profile under the “Privacy” section.
To confirm, check the small box at the bottom of the policy affirmation text. Clicking the policy affirmation box will signal the release of the hold.
Click “Save” to proceed. Once you complete the above steps, your Gator CareerLink hold should be automatically removed.
If you need additional support with screenshots, check out the Removing Your Gator CareerLink Hold Guide to get more information.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN “MY ACCOUNT” VS. MY “PUBLIC PROFILE”?
My Account allows you to edit your Personal, Academic, and/or Privacy preferences. Completing the required information under “My Account” (including the policy affirmation) will signal the release of the hold.
My Public Profile is similar to a LinkedIn profile and displays information contained in your “My Account” section. It is NOT required to complete the “My Public Profile” section to remove the hold.
If you’re experiencing problems regarding wrong information showing up on your My Public Profile page, please remember to update the appropriate tabs in your My Account page.