First-Time at #FloridaACE17

FloridaACE Workshop CBarriosCathy Barrios, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning, Florida State University

I am immensely grateful to FloridaACE and the FSU Career Center for providing a burgeoning young professional and student with the opportunity to both attend and present at this year’s conference. FloridaACE created a welcoming environment to not only meet like-minded career service professionals eager to share their experiences, but to also learn from each other about best practices and innovative ideas trending in the field that we could take back with us. It was inspiring to see the collaborative energy placed by all in events geared toward improving and providing opportunities for students to reach their professional goals during and after their college experience.

At FloridaACE, I attended various workshops that contributed to my tool belt of innovative ways to continue supporting student needs and conducting effective outreach to employers. I also co-presented a workshop with my colleague, Lauren Kume, on “How to Launch a Matched Job Shadow Program” to other interested post-secondary institutions and employers.  It had been a year since FSUshadow, our one-day job shadow program held over winter and spring break, was developed and launched by the FSUshadow team and then met with enthusiasm from both students and employers. The FSUshadow program is truly a one of a kind opportunity for students to gain access to shadowing employers, community partners, alumni and friends of the university and learn about a wide variety of career fields and industries in the process.

I enjoyed sharing and connecting with FloridaACE conference attendees about our journey and the promising results achieved after two successful sessions. We could not have done it without the support and partnership from our colleagues in higher education and the community members willing “Take a Nole to Work” in and out of state. The next opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience through FSUshadow is during the 2017 Winter Break session, December 18-21st, 2017. To learn more visit: