Not everyone can say they love their job. But I can. I have been with the Toppel Career Center for almost 6 months as the Graduate Assistant for the Career Education team. Hi, I’m Jess. I am a University of Miami graduate student working toward my M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration (code for I want to work at colleges and universities in administrative roles #forever). At Toppel, my main responsibility is to oversee our walk-in advising which includes supervising our Peer Advisors. I have done a lot in the short time that I have worked here. But one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of my job is being able to work with the Peer Advisors to assist students who come in for walk-in advising. If you told me a year ago that I would be giving advice on how to improve resumes, I would have called you crazy. But, I learned that it isn’t rocket science, and that if you are willing to be taught, you can do it, too! Working at Toppel is a lot of fun and every day is a new adventure.
Check out my mini collection of just a few pictures from my first 5 months on the job:
Toppel Values Wall in the Toppel Career Center #toppelcollection
Toppel Professional Staff at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Networking Event at the Lennar Center
Working the photo booth for cap & gown distribution #classof2016 #hireacane #iamready
Working my first outreach event with Toppel at Canefest and teaching new students what resources Toppel has to offer them! (Peer Advisors Josh and Lindsey on the left) #lovethem
Roaming campus with Sebastian to promote Fall Career Expo!
Wearing purple to support pancreatic cancer awareness month
Toppel is actively searching for students who are energetic, willing to learn, flexible, and genuinely enjoy helping others. Working at the Toppel Career Center has many benefits, but the ones that come straight to mind are as follows: opportunity to connect with employers, grow personally and professionally, gain experience in a professional environment, have co-workers that support you, and have immediate access to resources that can help you land a job or internship.
To work at Toppel you must be Miami Commitment or Work Study eligible. If you are interested in applying for an immediate opening for the spring 2017 semester to work as a Peer Advisor, please call 305-284-1822 and ask for Jess.
If you are interested in openings for the 2017-2018 academic year, I insist that you join us for one of our info sessions (February 8th or February 28th at 6pm – sign up on Handshake). Here you will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain greater insight about what it means to work in one of our Toppel student staff positions.