Career Exploration

Why You Should Plan

Most students choose their major with a career in mind. Academic studies will prepare you to be successful in your future career, but it is important for students to keep in mind that once they graduate, they will have to begin the search for a job. Employers look for students who not only excelled in their studies but also can bring some experience with them in the form of internships, research, or other activities.

How to Use Our Services

A Four-Year Plan

Host a Panther Externship Program


How to Use Our Services

Our office is here to provide you with the tools you need to make yourself successful as you start to look for a internship, co-op or job. The following are just a few of the services that our office can provide you:

  • Resume & cover letter assistance
  • Interview & job search preparation
  • Career-related workshops
  • One-on-one advisement
  • On-campus career expos
  • Coordination of on-campus interviews

A lot of services do require one-on-one attention so it is important that you schedule appointments with us in advance. To get started, please send an email to or log into your Handshake account to schedule an appointment time that is convenient for you.


A Four-Year Plan

Throughout a student's academic career at Florida Tech, there are several steps that can be taken to assure the best results in the career path after graduation. We have provided a brief breakdown by academic year:


  • This is the foundation of the academic career and extracurricular activities. Involvement in professional organizations, and student activities are key in gaining knowledge on the profession and creating a professional network.
  • Start building a resume and have an advisor review it. This will identify areas of qualification, experiences, and skills that need to be acquired. Remember, a resume is a work in progress.
  • Attend the Career Expo to become familiar with employers and positions in the industry. Prepare to make a good impression by attending workshops as recruiters may attend career events consecutively.
  • Start to build a rapport with your professors as many come from the industry you are pursuing and can become a great reference down the road.
  • Register with Career Management Services through Panther Career Link.


  • Become more involved and pursue leadership positions in professional organizations and student activities.
  • Attend workshops to familiarize yourself with career and professional related topics.
  • Attend employer information sessions to identify potential opportunities and speak to recruiters for further insight to the profession and industry.
  • Begin identifying possible internship or part-time opportunities to gain experience and contacts.


  • Meet with academic and career advisors often to discuss career plans, industry, research opportunities, and possible positions.
  • Conduct research on your specific career field to better understand employment prospects, obstacles, and highly sought after skills.
  • Identify possible internship opportunities early in the semester prior to start date, or return to previous internship employer in an advanced position with greater responsibilities.


  • Narrow down employers and research career paths and job descriptions that you would be interested in pursuing.
  • Schedule mock interview with Career Management Services
  • Attend the Career Expo to meet and network with employers. To ensure you navigate the fair effectively, attend fair preparation workshops.
  • Participate in on-campus interviews


Host a Panther Externship Program

The Host a Panther Externship Program pairs FIT students with employer partners to facilitate a one-to-five day job shadowing experience. You can learn about a particular career or industry, gain workplace experience, and build your professional network.  The Host a Panther Externship Program takes place during academic breaks.  There is no cost to participate. Although you will not earn academic credit for the experience, you will have an invaluable opportunity to explore a career and build your professional network.

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What is an Externship?

  • Externship = Job Shadowing
  • Short term job shadowing program
  • Duration: 1 day to 5 days

When is the program available?

  • Spring Break Program: March 5-9, 2018

Who is eligible?

  • The Externship Program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students attending Florida Tech (freshmen with little or no work experience that are eager to explore various career fields, to upper classmen with a wealth of practice)
  • No fees to participate (for employer hosts or students)

Spring Break Externship Schedule

  • February 9: Application period opens
  • February 16: Deadline for students to apply
  • February 23: Students matched to employers
  • March 1: Deadline for matched students to contact employer host to discuss and clarify details of the externship
  • March 5-9: Spring Break Externship Program