Professional Development and Learning
The overall objective of your resume is to provide a composite snapshot of who and what skills, abilities, and knowledge you have acquired through coursework, projects, self-taught initiatives, service-learning, student organizations, volunteer work, and employment. The emphasis lies on what you have to offer rather than a chronological timeline.
- Maximum length is one page; use half inch margins and 11 or 12 font size; do not place or refer to references at this time
- Use descriptive action verbs – Resume Verbs, adjectives, numbers and buzz words particular to your major to portray professionalism and clarity
- Check for spelling, grammar, punctuation and correct verb tense
- Minimize lines, graphics or other distracting visuals
- Successful Interviewing
- Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills
- Optimal Resume Interview Prep
Cover Letter Tips
- Professional correspondence
Professional Skills Modules
Professional skills, also known as “soft” skills, are crucial to one’s success in almost any professional environment, but are not often explicitly taught. To answer this need, Experiential Learning created several tutorials (or “modules”) that will help you to become proficient in these skills. Currently, we offer the following:
Analyze the roles played by members of a team. Assess personal role preferences within a team and learn how to use your strengths to adapt to others. Discover how effective teams accomplish goals.
Learn about definitions, concepts, and conflicts in workplace ethics while gaining personal insight into your own ethical values.
Students will identify the stages of development in internship or co-op experiences and will learn about ways to maximize the benefits of these learning opportunities. This module can be used as an Orientation to internship and co-op courses.
You will come away with and understanding of the meaning of sustainability, recognize and reflect on the effects sustainability has on you as an individual, on UCF, and on a service site, and reflect on and challenge sustainability issues. NOTE: Additional modules will be available in the coming months.
How to Access the Modules:
If the module was assigned by a faculty member, s/he will provide a direct link for your use. CAUTION: If you use the above link instead of the one your professor assigns, your completion of the module will not be recorded on his or her roster, and you may not earn credit for it. However, if you have not been assigned a module by a specific instructor and are interested in exploring it on your own, you may access the module using the links above. For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page.
Students in the Experiential Learning (EL) program who begin positions are REQUIRED to complete the following assignments. All students will complete all assignments via WebCourses. You must see your EL faculty member to begin your requirements.
Prior to beginning the position:
Please complete the online orientation: “Making the Most of Your Co-op or Internship” (on Webcourses). Students will identify the stages of development in internship or co-op experiences and will learn about ways to maximize the benefits of these learning opportunities. If you are a first time co-op or intern it is mandatory that you review this orientation prior to visiting with your faculty coordinator.
Assignment 1: First week of classes
Attendance Verification Activity – Form & Quiz
This assignment is a university requirement for the attendance policy and must be completed by Friday in the first week of classes. Student safety is very important and a new EL environment requires students to be conscious of their surroundings. This form allows student to consider their work environment and take action if necessary.
Assignment 2: Second week of classes or first week of your internship/co-op
Information & Learning Objectives – Form & Quiz
The Position Information and Learning Objectives assignment provides us with valuable information about your position and confirms contact information for you and your supervisor. Further, the process of creating learning objectives offers you the opportunity to reinforce classroom learning by focusing your energy on particular skills, information, and applications you intend to learn while you work. It also gives you a chance to sit down with your supervisor and assure that you will spend your time productively during the term. Click here for SMART Learning Objectives.
Assignment 3: Before the end of the semester (please see due dates on Webcourses)
Student Evaluation – Form & Quiz
This evaluation is an opportunity for you to evaluate your own progress in developing knowledge and skills from your experience and to evaluate the EL program, your experience, your EL faculty member, and the work site. It is important that you make every effort to be as realistic as possible when completing the evaluation form. It allows the tracking of your growth as you move forward in progressively responsible assignments. The purpose of these evaluations is to help us better serve you and other UCF students.
Assignment 4: Before the end of the semester
The employer evaluation link should be given to your supervisor to complete at the end of each semester. It is expected that you will have the opportunity to discuss your evaluation with your supervisor to allow you to receive constructive feedback on your work performance. It is necessary to receive a satisfactory evaluation to receive a satisfactory grade for the term.
Assignment 5: Before the end of the semester
Co-op and intern students on either parallel or alternating assignments must write a semester report which describes, assesses, and reflects on their work experience each semester they work. For example, a parallel student working four consecutive semesters writes four reports; an alternating student writes one for each semester worked. Since different questions are asked and learning objectives change each term, the emphasis of the semester report will change with each successive report. The semester report should be grammatically correct, typed, and submitted online to your coordinator two weeks before the end of classes. The learning experience you describe in your report and your future plans will be discussed at the debriefing interview (optional).
Debriefing Interview (Optional)
Debriefing interviews occur during the last two weeks of classes and finals week. This interview is the time when your semester report and evaluations are discussed and gives you a chance to review your experience and future plans with your EL faculty member. If it is impossible for you to complete your debriefing during the assigned time, other arrangements must be agreed upon before the debriefing period begins. Alternating co-op students may come in for their debriefing interview during the first three weeks of the following semester.
Assignment 6: Before the end of the semester
Students who are receiving credit for their experience will be required to complete either a research project or portfolio related to major.