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It’s your career, so develop it!

| Academic & Student Affairs, Monday Letter, Take Note!, Undergraduate

Graduating this semester or next year?

Undergraduate or graduate student?

It doesn’t matter.

In the current economic climate, it’s never too early for students to begin planning their careers and the USF College of Public Health is the perfect place to begin.

The College’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs provides a wealth of resources to assist motivated students and alumni with their professional development.  Recently, the office announced the Career Development Programming Series for the spring semester. More than a dozen information sessions are scheduled and most are conveniently located in the College of Public Health. Distance learners and other students unable to physically travel to campus can view the sessions via webinar.

The spring line-up includes group presentations on interviewing, working abroad, and networking; webinars featuring national opportunities with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and US Public Health Service Commissioned Corp; and, training sessions on plagiarism and using APA Style that target writing and communication skills.

On April 3, the office hosts a Networking Fair for students and alumni. The free event is held in conjunction with National Public Health Week and allows attendees to network with employers while discovering job, volunteer and internship opportunities.

Two staff members in the office have more than ten-years combined experience in career services. Natalie D. Preston-Washington, manager, and Brian Creel, career advisor, are ready and willing to share their experiences and insight with students and alumni.

Spring career development events are posted on the college calendar and the full series is available online. Links to job databases, hot topics, and a job search list featuring a plethora of public health organizations can be found on the career resources website.

Finding a job, is a job,” says Preston-Washington. “Our office encourages students to begin planning their careers from Day 1 and is here to support them in this effort.”

To schedule an individual appointment with the college’s career advisor, call (813) 974-8874 or e-mail bcreel@health.usf.edu.