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Academic Advisors Now Certified to Give Career Advice

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All six academic advisors in the college's office of Undergraduate Students Services are now certified to provide career counseling to students during academic advising sessions.

USS academic advisors Layla Archer, Amber Flowers, Sonia Gonzalez Smith, Amy Love, Gail Raymond and Mariangelly Rente recently completed the Career Development Facilitator certification program offered by the National Career Development Association.

They began the 120-hour program in May, according to Rente, who directs the USS office. Through face-to-face and online course work, projects and some service-learning, the group developed expertise in 12 subject areas, including: globalization of careers, comparative job advantage, applying a systematic approach to career development, and developing career counseling and coaching strategies and skills.

"Now we can integrate career development theories into our programs," Rente said. "We want to help students learn more about their values, interests, personality and skills and how these relate to their major selection and future career."

The USS academic advisors are among a group of 30 academic advisors from UCF to earn the CDF certificate this month. Learn more at UCF Academic Advisors to Give Career Advice Starting Tuesday.

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