GENERAL CAREER SERVICES

TOPPEL CAREER CENTER

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The Toppel Career Center, located in the Whitten University Center, assists undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni in formulating their career plans and in pursuing graduate/professional school as well as full-time and internship opportunities.

It is the intent and desire of the University of Miami and the Toppel Career Center to provide equal employment opportunities for students and graduates regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disabilities.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER ADVISING with professional career advisors is available to assist students with career questions, issues and concerns. Students are encouraged to meet with a professional staff member to discuss career goals and to obtain assistance in developing a career action plan (please call to make an appointment).

WALK-IN ADVISING is a service provided to students and alumni who need assistance with developing their resume, cover letter, and/or personal statement. No appointment is necessary for Walk-In Advising - simply stop by Toppel Monday through Thursday, 10am - 4:30pm. Walk-in advising is also available for quick internship questions on Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

A series of WORKSHOPS is offered throughout the academic year. Each session provides information and skill-building activities in the areas of resume development, interviewing skills, networking, securing internships, and much more. In addition, programs designed to increase awareness of specific career paths and professional opportunities are offered. These are conducted by outside speakers and panelists who are recognized specialists in their field.

THE TOPPEL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (TIP) is designed to provide valuable career-related work experience through internships with participating employers. Students can search HireACane for hundreds of opportunities available to them. It is recommended that students complete at least two internships while in school. Students may take on an internship position beginning the second semester of their freshman year. 

The TIP Program allows students who have already secured an internship a zero-credit transcript notation from the Toppel Career Center. The University of Miami Internship (UMI) course is offered fall, spring, and summer, and will allow you to have work experience related to your major, career path, or possible career path/interest and it will provide recognition of the internship experience on your official transcript.  Part-time internships require at least 160 working hours while full-time internships require at least 320 working hours.

ON CAMPUS RECRUITING (OCR): Representatives from local, national and international businesses and industries, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, military services, human services, and school systems visit the campus to meet with students and to interview and discuss career opportunities with students. After applying to openings via HireACane, students may be scheduled for individual interviews with visiting employer representatives.

INFORMATION SESSIONS: Many employers also visit campus to host information sessions about their company or organization where students have the opportunity to learn more about the career tracks and corporate culture of the company. 

CAREER EXPOS AND EVENTS are open to all students and alumni and range from general events to major-specific fairs. CAREER EXPO is held twice a year, and is inclusive of all industries and majors. Special CAREER FAIRS are held for interested students in Accounting, Architecture, Education, Nursing and Health Care, and Non-profit/Government. Students can also participate in virtual career fairs. Regardless of the focus, these EXPOS and FAIRS are intended to provide students and alumni with an opportunity to network with recruiters from a wide variety of industries.

ONLINE CAREER RESOURCES

HireACane: A career management system where students can access internships, jobs, on-campus recruiting information, career programs, and companies/organizations attending Careers Expos and Fairs. Students can only access these additional online resources by activating and logging into their HireACane account.

TypeFocus: Learn about your personality and explore potential career paths by using this career assessment.

CareerShift: Designed to assist students in searching employer websites and job boards, and to retrieve key personnel contact information.

GoingGlobal: Search postings for internships and jobs abroad, view country profiles, and research information on resumes and interviews.

The Career Insider, Powered by Vault: Access an extensive online career library to obtain industry, career, and employer information.

UCAN (University Career Action Network): Connects employers with talented undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking diverse career building experiences through internships. The UCAN Internship Exchange is shared among 22 of the most prestigious and elite universities in the United States:

CAREER LIBRARY RESOURCES: The Toppel Career Center has established a comprehensive and current career resource and research facility, which contains career-related materials for use by University students and alumni in areas such as, salary surveys and detailed information about specific careers and the preparation necessary to attain them. Resource areas include:

• Magazines
• Career Resource Books
• Internship Resources


THE CAREER TECHNOLOGY LAB enables students to work on their job and internship search. HireACane, our online Career Management System, allows students to create a career profile, upload resumes, search for jobs and internships, and sign up for on-campus interviews. In order to gain further insight about their career and personal preferences students and alumni can utilize TypeFocus and The Strong Test, which are computerized career self-assessment tests; these are excellent tools for personal career development and decision-making.

The Launch Pad at Toppel is a career guidance component of the Toppel Career Center, providing resources to entrepreneurs and inventors at the University of Miami.  They provide weekly information sessions and networking events, one-on-one facilitation to help students and alumni launch their ventures or help their companies grow, a venture coaching program, and an opportunity to join the Launch Pad Network, which will help you network will fellow entrepreneurs and inventors.