Top 5 Virtual Career Resources for UF CALS Students

By Sammie Walker Herrera (she/her), Career Connections Center (C3) Manager of Integrated Partnerships and liaison to CALS

Experience changes everything. This is our motto and driving force as the UF Career Connections Center (C3). Your experience building both self and industry knowledge is a huge part of this! My name is Sammie Walker Herrera and am the new liaison to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) from the UF Career Connections Center (C3). I work closely with Cathy Carr in the Dean’s office. One of my goals is to share resources and collaborate with you to present on career-related topics, critique resumes, and create customized workshops depending on your needs.

I’m excited to support CALS. Today, I want to share five ways to use virtual career development services!

5. Drop-In Availability M-F

Don’t have time to wait? The C3 hosts virtual Express Drop-In hours from 1-4PM EST Monday-Friday. You can jump into the virtual waiting room to have your resume, cover letter or personal statement reviewed by a certified professional. Be sure to have your document ready to screen share!

4. Building and Maximizing your LinkedIn Profile

What pops up when you Google yourself? Take control of your search results and brand by ensuring that your LinkedIn is up and updated! Schedule an appointment with me on Gator Career Link (GCL) by selecting the #5 Developing Your Network/Community (Networking Strategies, LinkedIn, Finding a Mentor) appointment type.

Two resources on LinkedIn that specifically benefit students are 1) the CALS LinkedIn group where you can post articles and ask questions to your peers and 2) the LinkedIn Alumni feature. You can find this by going to the University of Florida school page and clicking the ‘Alumni’ tab on the left. With this feature you can find alumni by location, major, and/or industry. In our appointment, I can help you craft messages to send to alumni asking for advice, mentoring opportunities, and other support.

BONUS — UF has secured LinkedIn Learning for students to use for free! Browse topics to ‘Master Microsoft Excel,’ ‘Manage Your Career as an Introvert,’ and more.

3. Review Opportunities on Gator CareerLink (GCL)

Gator CareerLink isn’t just for setting up an appointment! Complete your profile to gain access to job search functions, workshop RSVP links, and company-hosted events – all happening virtually. Employers are still uploading full-time jobs and internships every day. The advanced search feature in GCL will help you find companies and roles you’re interested in.

2. Check out the CALS Career Community!

Review the College’s customized Career Community resource page! This page offers resources that will help you update your professional documents as well as videos with networking tips.

1. Workshops are OPEN!

Our center-wide and college-specific programs are now LIVE! Programs are added every day. Revisit this page often and sign up early to reserve your spot!

BONUS — Are you a member of a student organization that wants to boost student professional development? Consider requesting an Outreach Presentation! I present on a variety of topics and workshops range from 15-50 min on Zoom. I ensure that topics and examples we use are relevant to the work you do in CALS.

Connect with Sammie by scheduling an appointment with her via Gator CareerLink. Quick question? Her email is and be sure to follow @CALS_Career on Twitter!



Posted: May 28, 2020

Category: Professional Development, UF/IFAS Teaching,
Tags: Ag Careers, Career Services, Careers, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences


December 15, 2021

Amazing job my friend! Your perseverance and success is inspiring.

Andrea Gallik
December 15, 2021

So very amazed by you Jason! You have made your family and UF so proud. Your story lights a path for others. May you continue leading the way with your perseverance and integrity!

Michele Dysna leconte
December 15, 2021

Congratulations!!! Very inspiring story, May continue to be a beacon of hope for other young men dealing with similar issues

Matt Parker
December 15, 2021

Congratulations Mr. Coby. 11 straight ‘A’s eh? Way to go. Now go forth and fix the environment. Your girls look good with the current graduate. Nicely done. Beautiful fam.

December 15, 2021

Thank you for helping my nephew Jason I know he wasn’t a quicker but is this song I know if it’s Roman it will make it I’m proud of him and I look I love you and we always be there to support you we love you we love you aunt to Mimi

Anne Menard
September 14, 2021

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Anne Menard
September 14, 2021

What a wonderful learning opportunity for the college students & it helps with their future education & career planning. Thank you Tall Timbers.

December 22, 2020

Dear sir, Thank you for your post. I Love group study.

Samuel Sam
December 10, 2020

Dear sir, Thank you for your post. Group study is the main for all students life and we learn a lot of things

Susan Weller
November 1, 2020

Congratulations for rewards well earned. Keep up this very important research. We are dependent on the honey bees. Your work is helping educate us all. The use of DDT was stopped due to scientist like you. Please continue to develop more earth friendly solutions for the good of mankind.

August 7, 2020


suba suba
June 11, 2020

Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

Mohammed Mahmood Mohammed
May 12, 2020

Congratulations you earned that degree

May 7, 2020

Congrats Dr. Kawther. With your efforts you make what is difficult, been easy to get. Keep going don’t give up. Always the beginning is difficult but with the patience will be easy.

Pialang Indo
March 29, 2020

Very true this virus is very contagious, serious and potentially deadly virus hopes we can do what we can to reduce the spread of this virus and find the best solution to eradicate it. I was very scared until now and just stayed at home all day. Thank you for the information.

Pam Humphrey
December 19, 2019

Lindsey is an amazing, competent and caring young woman. She will be an asset to any company forward-looking enough to hire her.

Naomi Rose
December 19, 2019

Wow! I am so proud of her. Nana

Dagang Valas
December 14, 2019

Congratulation Rivas, hopefully the knowledge gained can be useful in the future and can help the community. Merry Christmas and happy new year too.

Ginny Reiss
October 1, 2019

So proud of you Adrian!!!

R. William (Bill) Henderson
June 21, 2019

Father figures are needed in all parts of education and in all of life. I teach GED to inmates in a local jail and many of the problems these inmates have stems from their many drop out fathers both male and female.

Amy Vasquez
June 20, 2019

Three perfect examples of men with integrity.

April 26, 2019

Way to go, Kendra!

April 1, 2019

Indeed everyone need to eat, and many also complain about the food source quality. I think we all should, at least, do farming in our homes. If the lack of space is a problem, then we should use vertical farming methods. This will not only clean our environment but also reduce the peoples depression (as looking at green reduces depression and is good for mental health).

Linda Nolan
March 16, 2019

Great information! Thank you Dana for sharing Ms. Clark’s enthusiasm about Florida’s agricultural importance.

March 22, 2018

I am sooo proud of Gallagher n the example given to her by these wonderful women encouraging others to jump in n make a difference. I say take your places with men n unite making the difference side by side. WELL DONE!!!

Edelyn Tidholm
March 17, 2018

Great article!

Karen Webster
February 21, 2018

We are very proud of you and your dedication to make agriculture better.

February 21, 2018

Enjoyed reading your article. It was well written and I could tell that you had put a lot of thought into what you wanted to say. Wishing you a great deal of success as you work toward your dream of becoming a lawyer. May God bless and watch over you as you embark on this journey.

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