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Career Development Series

Each semester, the Toppel Career Center offers a variety of programs designed to increase awareness of career paths and professional opportunities. They are conducted by outside speakers and panelists who are recognized specialists in their field. 

NOTE: All locations in the Toppel Career Center, unless noted.

Employer Practice Interviews & Critiques (EPIC)

Thursday, February 5*
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Are your interview skills top-notch? How does your resume look? Would you like to kick start your job or internship search?  Gain the competitive edge by participating in Toppel's Employer Practice Interview & Critique (EPIC) Program!
  • Reserve your space today with the company of your choice at Login, click on job postings, and search for the keyword "EPIC." 
  • Past participating organizations included: Target, FBI, Systemax / TigerDirect, TEKsystems, Nielsen, Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., Cargill, Citrix, BlackBerry, Orchid Boutique, Coca Cola, Total Quality Logistics, Miami Dolphins, Northwestern Mutual, TJX Companies, First Investors, General Electric, GR8 Group, Office Depot, Aerotek, Get Covered America, Peace Corps, Manpower Group, TD Bank, ICAP, and City Year. 
*Business attire and registration is mandatory.

EPIC Reception

Thursday, February 5, 4:30 pm

After participating in EPIC, students will have an opportunity to connect with all employers who participated in the event. In addition, Toppel's employer partners will be invited to meet students and alumni. Take advantage of this reception to meet recruiters and establish connections before Career Expo!

Careers in Government

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm

Have you considered a career in the federal government? This panel will feature employer representatives from the FBI, U.S. Department of State, CIA, and Peace Corps as they discuss tips and strategies to be a competitive applicant. Participants will also learn about recruiting initiatives from these respective organizations.

A Career in the Healthcare Industry

Wednesday, February 25, 6:30pm

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the economy with many career possibilities to explore. Come hear from a panel of healthcare professionals about why they chose their specific paths and how to be successful in this field. 

The Art of Negotiating: Beyond the Textbook to Real Life Experience

Thursday, February 26, 5:30 pm
Presented by Bob Lam, Principal of Bob Lam Solutions and former Partner in Accenture's Worldwide Public Services

Hear from experienced professionals that have successfully negotiated both public and private sector contracts, from seed contracts of hundreds of thousands of dollars to multi-billion dollar contracts protecting the vital interests of our country.  Learn from their experiences through real life case studies.  Understand “DOs” and “DON’Ts”.  Understand the impact of your body language.  Know what is needed to “gain the edge.” Understand business tactics that have worked time and again.  Then try your hand at a case study as part of a team.  Learn from your evaluation.


An ideal course for everyone –for those ready to negotiate starting salaries to those involved in complex deal shaping.  The applicability to your personal and professional lives is endless.

Writing the Personal Statement - Hosted by Kaplan

Wednesday, March 18, 6:30pm

The personal statement is an important part of the application package for graduate and professional programs. Attend this program and learn how to write an effective personal statement that highlights your strengths and unique qualifications.

Ins & Outs of Teaching English Abroad

Tuesday, March 24, 4:00 pm

Teaching English abroad is an excellent way to improve knowledge of a foreign language and gain valuable experience. Attend this program to learn about the potential of teaching English as a second language abroad. Information about some of the programs out there and paths people take for this amazing opportunity will be discussed.

Scholarships & Fellowships to Launch Your Career

Tuesday, April 7, 3:30 pm

Scholarships and fellowships are more than just money for tuition. In fact, many nationally competitive award programs offer paid internships, leadership training, and even job placement opportunities. Attend this program to learn about specific opportunities available to you and how they can contribute to launching your professional career!‚Äč

Toppel Day of Service

Join students, alumni, UM staff and local employers for a day of community service. Give back while learning about corporate volunteer initiatives. Details will be announced in the early spring. View pictures from last year's Toppel Day of Service at Bill Baggs State Park.


Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610