Describe your job search process. What were some challenges you faced or things you learned from the experience?
During my junior year, I was jobless and was in need of a good paying job. The hunt wasn't easy as I didn't have much experience in the work force, therefore I would not received calls back and it really worried me. However, I never stopped and applied to many possible jobs that fit my criteria and possibly line up with my career of choice. What learn is patient and determination while hunting for an important full time job.
If you used any Career Center services, resources, or events to obtain your job offer, what were they? How did they support your application process?
The Career Center really helped me in preparing my resume. They helped me every step of the way to ensure my resume was good to present to jobs. I am really grateful for that. Once I had my resume ready to go, the Career Center had a career fair where I was able to give my resume to many agencies who were in attendance. At the fair, I met with my future employer and was later offered a full-time job position with Florida Highway Patrol as an OPS Clerk working along with the Captain and Lieutenant of the department of discipline for State Troopers.
Have you participated in any experiential learning opportunities (Internships, volunteer experiences, research, leadership roles, military experience, etc.)? How have these prepared you for moving into a full-time role?
I was not only hired on by the Florida Highway Patrol but also given the opportunity to complete my internship with them. Being able to study the inner workings of different departments within one agency gave me insight into the day-to-day functioning of how local law enforcement handles real-world situations involving both sworn and civilian issues. Working along with Florida Highway Patrol has increased my ability to know more about the criminal justice system and increased my passion to continue my education and professional work.
What advice do you have for current students that will be launching a full-time professional job search?
Always be mentally and physically ready for what's to come in front of you and never stop being determined and persistent towards your goals . Always be on time and prepare, dress well, be polite, and never be LAZY.
"Working along with Florida Highway Patrol has increased my ability to know more about the criminal justice system and increased my passion to continue my education and professional work."
Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Summer Class of 2019
Company/Organization: Florida Highway Patrol