Career Development & Community Engagement

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Welcome To Career Development & Community Engagement

Career Development & Community Engagement (CDCE) at the University of West Florida is the only dedicated team providing comprehensive support for students and alumni to explore and pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. This office includes Career Education, Community & Employer Engagement, High-Impact Practices/Experiential Learning, and Quality Enhancement Plan.

Our Mission

The Office of Career Development & Community Engagement's role is to advance UWF's mission, vision, and priorities by educating and empowering UWF Students/Alumni in the career development process and by providing opportunities for experiential learning, civic engagement, service and employment.

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Career Education

Trying to decide on a major or career? Need help fine tuning your resume? Visit the Career Education website to get information on exploring a wide variety of career opportunities and resources related to creating a resume, practicing an interview, and job search etiquette.

Career Education
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Community & Employer Engagement

Visit the Community & Employer Engagement website for information on career events, recruiting at UWF, and opportunities to engage with the campus.

Community & Employer Engagement
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High Impact Practices / Experiential Learning

Experience is key! Visit the High Impact Practices/Experiential Learning website to learn how to engage in formative experiences throughout your college career.

High Impact Practices/Experiential Learning
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Quality Enhancement Plan

Visit the QEP website to learn about Communication for Professional Success, a bold new initiative with the goal of transforming the educational experience for UWF students.

Quality Enhancement Plan

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  • Employers will need to create a Handshake account. Visit the Employers FAQs page on the Handshake at UWF website for instructions on creating an account.
  • Alumni will need to create a Handshake account and connect with UWF. Visit the Students/Alumni FAQs page on the Handshake at UWF website for more information.
  • Current students will access Handshake via MyUWF and will have an account already created for them.

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The Office of Career Development & Community Engagement (CDCE) works with employers to post internships, cooperative education opportunities, volunteer and service experiences, as well as full-time and part-time positions for UWF students and alumni. These opportunities, which shall be referred to as "employment" for the purposes of this agreement, are listed through Handshake. Posting a position for UWF students and alumni indicates that you have read, understand, and agree to terms and conditions of the UWF Handshake Agreement outlined here.

UWF Handshake Agreement

  • CDCE makes no particular recommendation regarding off-campus employers or agencies.
  • Handshake is to be utilized to post employment opportunities only. Postings that incorporate advertisements of an organization's goods or services will not be posted.
  • Some Handshake student profile information is self-reported. UWF students and alumni are expected to represent themselves accurately. Misrepresentation or presenting false information in Handshake could result in a violation of the UWF Student Code of Conduct. Alumni providing false information could be prohibited from using CDCE programs and services.
  • The University of West Florida is not responsible for the relationship between the student/alumni and the employer/agency.
  • The University of West Florida is not responsible for the safety, wages, or working conditions, or other aspects of off-campus employment or work, based on service experiences of the student/alumni.
  • Employers utilizing Handshake and CDCE programs will not discriminate in its hiring and other employment practices. Employers using CDCE resources will comply with federal discrimination laws and applicable state discrimination laws, regardless of the number of employees in the workplace.
  • CDCE reserves the right to refuse to post jobs that do not support the educational mission of the university.
  • All job listings and volunteer opportunities for UWF students and alumni are posted at the discretion of the University of West Florida CDCE staff. We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity and sex), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

CDCE at the University of West Florida follows the Principles for Professional Conduct provided by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Principles for Professional Conduct

Please contact CDCE at 850.474.2254 with any questions or concerns.

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