By Alysha Gomes, Toppel Peer Advisor

With all the stress of courses, jobs, and even social events, University of Miami STUDENTS AND ALUMNI often overlook the resources the Toppel Career Center offers.

As a student myself, I walked into the building and was amazed with its structure and technology; however, Toppel’s purpose is not to mystify, but to educate and assist. I did not realize all the opportunities Toppel offers until I was hired as a peer advisor.

Growing up, my parents portrayed the professional population as being in one of two fields: Food service or healthcare. Simply put, I could either become a doctor or I would end up working at McDonalds (flipping burgers, not as a corporate worker). However, now that Toppel has opened my eyes, I now know how many occupations and professional fields there actually are and how simple it is to request help in acquiring a desired position. I encourage you all to, as cliché as it may be, let Toppel open your eyes as well.

Don’t know where to start?

  • Come in for a tour! – A tour will give you an overview of all our staff members and services we offer.
  • Don’t feel like coming in? –Go online to! You can find anything and everything Toppel with just a few clicks.


Don’t know what professions are out there?
  • Come to one of our information sessions! Companies from big to small come to Toppel every week to provide information on their company. These can be found on our programs/events calendar at!
  • Companies that you may have never heard of but are absolutely amazing come to Toppel! Also, they provide new information each time they come, so don’t assume you know everything about them. In actuality you can never know enough if your going to invest you time into applying!
Don’t know what professions to pursue?
  • Schedule an appointment to speak to an advisor! Simply go onto and click request an appointment on the right side column. They will help you:
    • Pick a major
    • Choose a professional field/career
    • Figure out your life
Need help in applying to a(n) internship/job/school/anything?

  • Come to walk-in hours on Monday-Thursday from 10:00am- 4:30pm to get help with your resume and cover letter!
  • Schedule an appointment for a mock interview to practice your interviewing skills or go over personal statements and applications.
  • Come to one of the countless workshops Toppel holds on how to:
    • Interview
    • Resume Build
    • Utilize Social Media
    • Organize/Time Manage
Need help in getting hired/chosen?
  • Come to one of our fashion shows on how to present yourself professionally! (This is actually really useful because things you would think are presentable are actually not.)
  • Come to a networking event! Toppel has amazing connections! They can help you connect to pretty much anything anywhere.
Toppel offers even more beyond this! If you can think of anything career related, we have someone you can talk to that not only knows about it but is an expert on it and can get you in touch with a recruiter/school/anyone regarding it. It is truly a wonderful resource that is not utilized as often as it should be. I love Toppel and use its connections/resources all the time in my professional life- so should you!