The Benefits of Volunteering for Health Students

Hello Argos!

I hope all of you had a wonderful week and are killing those midterms! Keep working hard. You are doing great! Today’s topic is on the importance of volunteering. Some of you might be asking what are the benefits of volunteering? Specifically, what are the benefits of volunteering in the health profession? Good news, you have come to the right place!


Benefits to Volunteering:

#1 Helps with Admissions to Graduate school

            Aspiring Medical students can do a multitude of activities to set themselves apart from other applicants. Some will place focus on the entrance exam, MCAT, GPA, or scholarships. At times it is work that cannot be measured through a grade or ranking, but real world experience. More and more research is coming out from Medical Admissions counselors who share that they do not want simply “book-smart” students, but also students who have real word experience and have a heart for the profession.[1] Noreen Kerrigan, associate dean for student admissions at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine said in a U.S. News Report “We want to make sure we’re not accepting brains on stilts. We want people with hearts.”[1] By volunteering at a local hospital, this shows admissions that you are trying to understand the profession and the duties of the job before committing the profession.

#2 Gain experience & Expand Your Network

Volunteering can give you great insight into your career and networking advantages. Although I am not health studies student, my personal experience volunteering has educated me on what it is like in the job field. Through my volunteer experience, I was able to shadow some workers in my career field and gained some valuable insights and advice. By volunteering, you too can gain great mentors and advisers who can give you beneficial career advice. Additionally, through a building of mentors and advisers, this is another way you can expand your network. In a recent survey 85% of jobs were through networking.[2]

# 3 Shapes your Role and Commitment as a Leader

Some of you reading may be concerned that you have to volunteer abroad to set yourself apart. In a recent article in U.S. News, they share that one does not need to volunteer abroad in order to set themselves apart. Graduate schools understand that not all college students can afford to volunteer abroad. At times graduate schools have to see if the international trips were actually aid relief programs or if they were fun vacation trips with some minor hospital visits. Thus, graduate schools will look at your role and commitment to the organization you volunteer at. If you had a leadership volunteer role that can improve your application because it shows you not only volunteered but actively engaged in the organization by empowering others. Medical schools want servant leaders who not only care but help to inspire growth within their communities.


Be sure to register on Jason Quest for our Health Professions Fair on Friday November 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in the Conference Center. Once you log in to your Jason Quest you can view the employers attending!

Can’t wait to see you there!



  1. Delece Smith Barrow, “Bolster a Medical School Application With Volunteer Work,” S. News and World Report, September 2, 2013, Accessed October 14, 2016,
  2. Lou Adler, “New Survey Reveals 85% of All Jobs Are Filled Via Networking,” Linked In, February 29, 2016, Accessed October 17, 2016,

Have a liberal arts major? Join us for a Careers In Panel on Thursday, October 27th!


The Career in Liberal Arts Panel is a great way to learn more about career options, make valuable networking connections, and hear from UWF alumni about their success. There will be free food and drinks for everyone who attends. Meet our panelists:


Joe Angeletti

After receiving his BA in English from UWF in 2006, Joe worked as a technical writer and curriculum developer for defense contractor Raytheon, where he developed courses and training materials as part of a cross-functional engineering team.  In 2012, he transitioned to AppRiver, LLC, a Gulf Breeze software company where he manages the Training &Development department. He received his MA in English in Spring 2016.



Georgia Adams
Georgia is the supervisor of Navy Federal Credit Union’s Social Care Team, in the Contact Center’s Resolution Branch. Georgia joined Navy Federal in 2013, working overnights as an editor for responses to member messages sent through the credit union’s website, and monitoring the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. After gaining this experience, she was a natural fit to lead the newly formed Social Care Team. Georgia holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida, where she double-majored in journalism and international relations.


Nicole Stacey

Nicole Stacey is the President/CEO of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.  With a passion for community and building relationships, representing the chamber truly suits her. A local to the Florida Panhandle, Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing from The University of West Florida and Master of Arts in Strategic Communications and Leadership.

In her free time, Nicole loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, cook, and you can always find her at Cross fit VU working through high intense WODs and lifting some heavy weights! She loves being a part of the Pensacola community and can’t wait to see all the positive change this city is experiencing.



Tim Roberts

Tim received a BA in European Studies and an MA in Historic Preservation from the University of West Florida and joined HRA in 2014. Tim’s job title is Project Historian. He specializes in digital interpretation of cultural resources, interpretive planning, and archival research. Tim is also one of the creators of the Next Exit History™ mobile application and continues to be actively involved in its promotion from the newly opened HRA office in sunny Pensacola, Florida.

In his free time, Tim enjoys travelling with his wife and two children, playing in his folk-rock band, and working at the local nano-brewery he is a part owner of.

See you there Argos!

Connections Exist

Greetings, Argos,

As you all know, homecoming is swiftly approaching us, and so are plenty of volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is a character builder and a relationship starter. During UWF Homecoming Week, lots of unified volunteer opportunities arise. I know from a personal standpoint during my first semester of college, that was my way of meeting new people. Avoiding chances to engage with people could ultimately hinder your success. Devoting small portions of your time can aid in establishing beneficial and professional relationships. After interviewing a few members of this year’s Homecoming Court, they each expressed that volunteering has aided their success in countless ways. An example being the placement of their services impacting the youth in more beneficial, less measurable way. Impacting those who look up to you the most gives you a sense of belonging, kind of like sharing your torch before passing it.

Being that three of this year’s court members are a part of the NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council), service matters.  Giving back to your community leads to you leaving a greater impact on society. Make sure to seek out every opportunity to volunteer. Gaining service hours is important. Building positive relationships in professional establishments is also important. If you need help finding positions that are of interest to you, feel free to contact our office. Gain those connections; be the next success story.

Happy Homecoming,
Kierra S, Career Peer

Stop by the Fall Career Showcase on October 5th and 6th!



I hope you all are having a great semester thus far. It’s great to see that we’ve all made it halfway through the semester. I encourage you all to keep moving forward and putting your best in all that you do. All of your hard work will pay off.

As an update, we just hosted the UWF Career Services: 2016 Professional and Graduate School Expo.  This event took place on Sept. 28, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University Commons Auditorium.

For this event, all students and alumni of UWF were welcomed to attend. Schools and institutions throughout the region were in attendance. They came to present answers to any questions students possessed about pursuing graduate or professional education in their future. It was advised that students came accompanied with a copy of their resume and questions. In addition, students were also encouraged to take notes on aspects of institutions they found most interesting.

There were about 30 employers registered for the 2016 Professional & Graduate School Expo. Among those registered and in attendance were Mississippi College School of Law, Auburn University-College of Pharmacy, Columbia Southern University, University of North Florida, Georgia State University School of Public Health and a few of UWF’s grad school departments.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Career Service’s upcoming event: The Fall Career Showcase. The event will span over two days and two locations featuring various employers. Employers will be seeking UWF students and alumni within the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering on Oct. 5 and the College of Business on Oct. 6. Students and alumni of all majors are welcome to join this event. If you are interested in full-time, Co-Op, or internship opportunities, make sure to stop by. For more information about our upcoming events, feel free to stop by career services. We would be glad to help you.

Your friendly Career Peer,

Judy Cholymay


“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

Networking with Power

Hey Argos,

Trying to get your name out to employers? Well, it might not be as hard as you think. Here are a few tips to help you network.

1.      Talk to your professors.

Your professors have years of experience in their fields, and likely still have many connections. Ask them, and they may be able to give you some contacts in your chosen field.

2.      Attend the Career Services showcases.

Career Services puts on many events throughout the year that employers from across the county attend. These are great opportunities to get your name out and start networking.

3.      Use JasonQuest

JasonQuest is an amazing resource available to all students at UWF. It has many potential jobs listed for everyone to see. Getting in contact with these employers is a great step towards building your own professional network.

–          James

Grad School, Resumes, and Personal Statements

Hey Argos,

Preparing for graduate school doesn’t have to be hard; there are a few simple tasks that will get you halfway there.

  1. Have your resume reviewed.

Having an up-to-date resume will ensure that institutions will have an outline of the work you do outside of the classroom.

You can have your resumed reviewed by a staff member in person with an appointment or as a drop-in (Monday – Thursday 11AM-4PM).

Resumes can also be reviewed online through JasonQuest and Optimal Resume.

  1. Create a personal statement

Personal statements highlight the important factors that have influenced you to choose a particular institution or field. Whereas your resume shows what you have done, the personal statement shows why you are doing it.

  1. Last but not least, attend our Professional and Grad School Expo  on Sept. 28, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Commons.

This is a great way to learn more about the different types of graduate programs as wells as networking with institutions in attendance. If you’re still unsure about attending grad school, this will be a great opportunity to ask questions and get advice!


2016 Professional and Graduate School Expo is coming up!

Greetings fellow Argonauts!

Allee here! Are you interested in pursuing graduate or professional school after undergrad? If so, you should come out to our upcoming Career Grad School Expo! The Expo is a great opportunity to speak first hand with admission officers from different schools, see what specific programs are offered, and gain advice for your future aspirations.

During my freshman and sophomore years, I attended the Expo and loved it! For me, it was a great opportunity to gain knowledge and insight first hand from graduate academic advisers. Although I was a freshman and just beginning undergrad, attending the event allowed me to see what graduate admissions look for in future students. I learned about networking with professors, students, coworkers, and even having mentors in the field. One way to network is simply getting involved on one’s campus and in the community. The Expo is just a great way to gain experience and plan for career options.

A great reason to attend is to see what programs are out there. Some of you may not be completely certain what career path/or major you want to pursue, by attending the Expo you may find a field that you would never have considered before. Others of you know what you want to do, and by attending you can understand what most grad programs require and speak in person with the school’s professional staff to get some inside tips and advice for admissions process.

See instructions below for how to see the current schools attending:

  1. Log in to you MyUWF
  2. Type in the search bar “Jason Quest”
  3. Click on the “Events” tab
  4. From there scroll down till you see “Prof. & Grad. School Expo”
  5. Click on “View Employers Attending”

Can’t wait to see you there!



Part Time Job Fair Recap

Part-time Job Fair

Students meet with on-campus and regional employers for part-time job needs during the Part-time Job Fair in the UWF Commons.

Greetings, Argos,

I hope you all are enjoying the start of a wonderful Fall semester. The Career Service 2016 Part-Time Job Fair recently passed, and I am here to give you a complete rundown of the successful turnout. The event was hosted on August 31, from 1-4PM in the University Commons.

The Job Fair featured over 40 different employers seeking to hire students for part-time positions. Of those employers, some were on-campus, accessible via trolley, or off-campus. Ultimately, there was ample opportunity to get your feet wet in multiple fields of work.

The Career Services staff set the event up in a way that made students feel more confident before walking into the actual Job Fair by including a “Prep Place.” In this area, students were given the opportunity to leave nervous jitters at the door and go over their pitch by doing a “One-Minute Commercial” with a staff member. In addition to this, students could check their clothing, hair, and breath. Taking a breath in our ‘safe-haven’ released anxiety before getting started. Walking in to such a competitive setting with confidence makes the process much easier!

My station was an informative stop. In case you didn’t know about the other upcoming events such as: The Professional & Graduate School Expo (Sept. 28, 2016), the Fall Career Showcase (Oct. 5-6, 2016), or the Health Promotion Fair (Nov. 2, 2016), you could stop at my station to grab info. The new Career Development Guide was also placed here, as well as where/how to access it (FYI, you can look at it online here)

Overall, the event was very successful and I witnessed multiple students walk out with interviews and smiles. Be sure to stop by Career Services if you have any questions about any of our services. Click here to schedule an appointment!

Until next time,

Kierra, Career Peer

Part-time Job Fair tips for success


Welcome back to another school year! I hope you all had a successful start to your fall semester. The Career Services 2016 Part-Time Job Fair is upon us. Happening on August 31, from 1 to 4 p.m., all students are welcome to drop by the University Commons to meet on-campus and regional employers for part-time needs.  Before coming to the job fair, I have some tips on how to get the most out of this experience.

First, come prepared. I recommend that you bring multiple copies of your resume as you’ll most likely be meeting more than one employer. If you do not already have a resume, stop by Career Services in building 19 and we’d be glad to help you formulate one or help you review one you’ve already made. Furthermore, definitely be ready to talk about your career interests as well as academic and extracurricular experiences to illuminate your skills and strengths.

Second, you can review the online directory of employers and their job opportunities by logging into Jason Quest via MyUWF. This is a good way for you to get some background on an organization or company, and you may be able to ask more focused and specific questions. By doing so, you impress representatives because this shows you possess genuine interest in what they have to offer.

Third, dress appropriately. First impressions are very important. We recommend that you dress “business casual (Click for business casual guide)” as you may meet employers who’ll strike an interest in hiring you. If you lead a day-to-day busy schedule, and you are unable to stay long I recommend prioritizing the employers that you’re most interested in, so you can visit those employers first. If you have any other questions, or would like any assistance preparing for the part-time job fair feel free to stop by Career Services.

Your friendly Career Peer & Oracle Resource Coach,

Judy Cholymay

How to Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market

standing out from the crowd

Hello Argos,

The current job market is very competitive. Due to the disconnect between available positions and number of applicants, active job seekers are looking for ways to “stand out from the crowd.” With this current economic structure, the job searching has now become an employer’s market as opposed to an applicant’s market. Thus, applicants have to take additional steps to get noticed.

Here are three tips in order to stand out in a sea of applicants:

  1. Have a perfect resume.

Employers usually spend about 5-7 seconds reviewing an applicant’s resume the first time. So, it is crucial to have an error free resume and to market yourself in the best way possible. Having an error free resume will ensure you will not lose out on a possible job offer. A quick visit to Career Services will help you get your resume up to par.

  1. Dress appropriately for an interview.

Appropriate interview attire could make or break the interviewing process. When applicants dress inappropriately, employers may pass judgement that would not be in the applicant’s favor. When dressing for an interview, always get a second and third opinion on your outfit. Also, refer to the career development guide for an entire section on interviewing.

  1. Treat every opportunity like obtaining your dream job depends on it.

Exhibiting your best performance and efforts at any job, interview, meet and greet and job fair could play a role in getting numerous job opportunities. Networking is crucial. If you have a good reputation amongst your employers in your field, they may recommend you to other employers.

Remember that achieving your goals regarding job opportunities will not just come to you. You have to put in the effort in order to gain success. Thus, following these tips will enhance your chances at finding your dream job.

-Kabria Shelley, Oracle Resource Coach