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Toppel Career Center

The Toppel Career Center offers a wide range of career development programs to all University of Miami students. Students can meet with a career advisor to discuss their career development plans, and take part in intake advising, Toppel’s resume critiquing process.
Along with these services, the Toppel Career Center also offers programs throughout the semester on effective resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, internship infosessions and programs centered around specific topics, such as “How to Apply to Graduate School.” The 4trak Success Plan listed below ensures that students stay on track with their career development while at UM.

FRESHMAN YEAR
* Join at least one club or
professional student organization
and network
* Stop by the Toppel Career
Center and visit Toppel Online at
www.miami.edu/toppel
* Obtain information about
volunteering and internships
* Line up an interesting summer
job or internship
* Attend a resume development
workshop, begin creating your
resume
* Register on CaneTRAK and
update profile every six months
* Make an appointment to see a
career advisor and get assistance
as you explore your interests,
values, and abilities
* Take the Self-Directed Search
and/or complete the Discover
program
* Review career literature in the
university library, the Toppel
Career Resource Library, and on
the internet
* Go to Career Expo and Career
Fairs
* Get involved in the Leadership
Institute

SOPHOMORE YEAR
* Make an appointment to see a
career advisor and get assistance
as you explore your interests,
values, and abilities
* Continue to review career
literature in the University
library, the Toppel Career
Center Library, and on the
internet
* Do an internship, get part-time
work, or volunteer in an area of
interest
* Take an elective in a major you
are considering
* Talk with professors and
advisors about required course
work and future career
possibilities in majors of interest
* Speak to people in the field,
including alumni, and set up
informational interviews
*Obtain part-time or summer
employment in a field related to
your career interests
* Begin attending workshops on
interview skills and networking
* Stay involved in student
organizations

JUNIOR YEAR
* Continue attending workshops
on interview skills and networking
* Attend all applicable Career
Expos and Fairs
* Continue researching career
fields and opportunities
* Develop a mentor relationship
with a professional
* Become a leader in one of the
organizations you have joined
and compete the leadership
certificate program
* Obtain career-related summer
work
* Investigate graduate school
programs
* Attend the Toppel Career
Center’s Graduate School Fair
* Obtain recommendations/
reference letters from professors
and administrators
* Choose elective courses that
will help you develop skills
[computer, public speaking, etc.]

SENIOR YEAR
* Review the graduate school
application process OR tell
everyone you are graduating and
looking for employment
* Schedule a mock interview at
the Toppel Career Center
* Participate in Toppel’s
On-Campus Interviewing program
* Attend all applicable Career
Expos and Fairs

For more information on Toppel and the various services and programs offered, contact 305-284-5451.

July 2, 2003

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