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Program Assistant at UCF Global

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved interacting with the International community of UCF. This experience really opened up my eyes to different cultures, practices, beliefs, and ways of life. Helping prospective students understand the university's application process and educating on the English Language Institute was amazing.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked for a longer period! Alas, I had to return to being a student full time.

Advice

Any job you're interested in, go for it. Even if it involves skills you've never practiced before, believe in your own talents and emphasize your own skillset. I learned that jobs will hire you if you believe in yourself and bring kindness and patience to the table. If you have that, you're perfectly trainable for the skills they DO need you to know. Just be open to learning.
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Career Peer Advisor

February 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The work environment and team are peaceful, humble and overall very friendly. Collaboration is key and the kind of team work values carried by Career Services is highly valuable. There is transparency in work and work evaluations, overall a great place to start work in.

What I wish was different

The position is part of the Federal Work Study program; guidelines and protocols about scheduling and pay are specifically tailored to their guidelines.

Advice

Don’t be shy to break ice with everyone; this is a team of support both in the professional setting for what Career Services stands for, in addition to your own personal career development.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

March 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Gave a lot of industry insight while still being able to take courses and focus on School. Allowed me to apply course concepts and witness how they are applied. Opened up a lot of networking events due to national conferences and industry visitors.

What I wish was different

A more guided process into 'how to get involved in research'.

Advice

You get what you give. If you show up an hour a week your experience will reflect that.
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Peer Mentor

June 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to meet many different kinds of students and being a resource for them

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Be yourself
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Event Services Associate

February 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked having a job during the summer, it kept me busy.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Pick up as many shifts as possible.
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Research Assistant

August 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

That it was remote.

What I wish was different

More guidance.

Advice

Have a planner.
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CWEP

January 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The people I work with and the hands on experience as what it will be like to work for a large company and in the industry.

What I wish was different

More creative space.

Advice

If you're interested in hardware systems this would be a good place for you.
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Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

We got to work with Machine Learning for problems in Computer Vision.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

July 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I like that I was able to partake in projects that aided in our research of the lab but also benefitted my personal growth and knowledge. I was able to take away something that I can include on my portfolio and resume.

What I wish was different

Advice

One piece of advice I would share about this experience is to be sure to manage your time wisely! Taking part of research definitely forces you to manage your time better and balance school, potentially work, and research.
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Aerospace Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Beautiful location, well maintained labs performing a variety of interesting and engaging research.

What I wish was different

Campus was a little big and travel expenses were pricey.

Advice

If you have to live in a shared apartment for an internship, invest in some sort of grocery service. Eating out as an excuse to not have to deal with your flatmates gets expensive.
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SLS1501 Peer Mentor

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved getting to have a hand in the guidance of kids in their first semester of college. College can be scary and it’s nice to know someone is there to support you if you need a hand!

What I wish was different

I wouldn’t change anything about this experience; I made many friends within the program, bonded with my students, and look forward to doing it again

Advice

I would say to throw your expectations out the window. The students will surprise you! Sometimes the quietest in class are the ones most eager to talk when you meet one-on-one. Also, be in it for more than just the money! Have a passion for helping others, otherwise this job isn’t for you
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research assistant

January - April 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

It paid well and was in my field

What I wish was different

The program wasn’t what I was expecting

Advice

Research is tough and be extremely interested in the topic
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Hands-on experience with my field

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Build a relationship with your professors!
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Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

It was a great experience to be able to participate in summer research while also having the flexibility to take classes.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more structure to the program, with more cohort bonding and workshops.

Advice

Have a faculty member willing to be your research mentor before you start the application process.
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Mail Center Assistant

August 2014 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Helping students and connecting

What I wish was different

Management

Advice

Fight for what you believe in
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Systems Engineer CWEP

May 2018 - February 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked the engineering work experience

What I wish was different

More cohesiveness among the CWEP students in the program

Advice

Work-study balance is very important— do not underestimate that balance
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Event services associate

November 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked that the job had me up and moving around, but that there were plenty of time each shift to sit in the break room and hang out.

What I wish was different

The communication between the managers and the workers. Sometimes the managers did not understand how difficult our tasks can be. The issue of understaffing a particularly laborious shift and then over staffing and a very easy shift.

Advice

Try to be positive when there are laborious shifts so you don’t get in a bad mood.
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UCF/Lockheed Martin CWEP

March 2017 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

A large company with plenty of opportunities and great pay for a student worker. I found a job doing exactly what I tailored my resume for when I applied to the CWEP pool through career services.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more training opportunities. It's a long commute from UCF. I think there should be more flexibility in work schedule and location.

Advice

Look for a group that suits your interests. It's a huge company with a large presence in Orlando. If the first group you join doesn't do what you want to do, there are plenty of other opportunities in the company. There's functional and program management you can approach to changing your role/ responsibilities. This experience helped me find a career path and a great job post-graduation.
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SLS

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Working with the incoming students as they adjusted to campus life and resources.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

It can be an emotional investment.
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Conference Ambassador

May - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved how involved the team was and how much I learned from it.

What I wish was different

Advice

Make sure to be very involved!
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