Career Accelerator Program
Enabling meaningful development opportunities
The UF MBA Career Accelerator Program helps current students capitalize on development activities that add value to a traditional MBA experience. The program is customizable and includes a number of experiential learning opportunities including innovative academic coursework and co-curricular experiences.
The UF MBA Leadership course is an important component of the full-time UF MBA curriculum. The course focuses on key topics such as positive influence, emotional intelligence, ethical leadership, social responsibility, leading change in organizations, and the infusion of creativity and innovation into strategic thinking. In this course, you will develop practical and actionable workplace skills that will strengthen your post-MBA hiring prospects.
The UF MBA program offers a range of activities that develop key professional attributes recruiters seek in job candidates. The Career Accelerator Fund (described below) can be used to fund participation in activities that encourage successful leadership and professional development, especially:
- National Career Fairs & Conferences
- Networking Events
- Experiential Learning
- Speakers & Seminars
To fully utilize all the resources offered by UF MBA and maximize your educational experience, you are encouraged to engage in a variety of activities.
The UF MBA Program supports students as they compete in a vast array of state-wide and national case competitions. We support teams and students by defraying the financial costs associated with the competitions, as well as assisting students in providing a high level of faculty support prior to the competition. Case competitions are an outstanding way to sharpen your critical thinking skills and demonstrate your business acumen to corporate leaders across many industries.
Gator MBA Gear
The mission of Gator MBA Gear is to offer Full-Time UF MBA students the opportunity to manage a real e-commerce business in an experiential learning environment outside of the classroom. Students design products, craft marketing plans, purchase inventory, write financial plans and create a superior customer experience for UF MBA Alumni and current students.
Tactical Skills Seminars
Tactical Skills Seminars provide students in-depth training using industry tools that give them an immediate competitive advantage. Seminar topics include Excel, Argus, Bloomberg, SPSS, Cognos, MS Project, ACL, and other technical skills necessary to flourish in the workplace.
The MBA Association (MBAA) serves as the umbrella organization that organizes programming for the MBA student body. Internal events such as socials and intramurals, and external events such as our philanthropic 5K and community service activities with Habitat for Humanity are offered to create cohesion among all MBA students. Clubs in areas such as Finance, Marketing and Big Data are organized under the MBAA, and provide you with many opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills and grow professionally.
UF MBA offers a variety of opportunities for you to enhance your skills as a member or leader in one of our many student organizations.
Student Career Coaches
A select group of second-year MBA students serve as supplemental interview coaches to incoming one- and two-year students. The goal of the program is to provide UF MBAs with additional realistic interview simulations, beyond the existing sessions with our Graduate Business Career Services advisors, prior to the fall recruiting season. These student coaches have all successfully navigated the recruiting process for companies like ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Anheuser Busch InBev and Procter & Gamble, securing highly competitive MBA summer internships. They have been trained by the GBCS advisory team to conduct mock interviews and will deliver specific, actionable feedback that will improve your performance and confidence during actual interviews.
Integrated Technology Venture (ITV)
Integrated Technology Venture is a year-long, for-credit interdisciplinary collaboration meant to emulate the earliest stages of a technology startup company. Students and faculty from business, engineering and law team up under the guidance of a volunteer CEO to work intensively with a technology invented by a University of Florida researcher. While the students gain valuable real-world experience, the technology is pushed towards commercialization. Deliverables of the program include an institutional-grade business plan and a working prototype.
GatorNest is a hands-on learning experience for those who want to make a difference with a real company. Conducted through the College's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center, GatorNest provides the best way to learn as students take on the goals of a real enterprise. As participants in GatorNest, students are able to engage their analytical and creative skills and apply them in unscripted situations, ultimately enhancing the learning process while creating value-add solutions to problems facing early-stage ventures.
Where can you sharpen your critical thinking and analytical skills while networking with top executives? Case competitions provide opportunities for UF MBA students to team with classmates and put your skills and talents up against MBAs across the nation. Case competitions are vehicles for you to drive your personal brand by displaying your leadership, knowledge, creativity and expertise to recruiters from top companies.
Not only do we encourage students to participate in case competitions, we support you financially when you do. Students may use Career Accelerator Fund monies to register and travel to case competitions. For those competitions where we select you to represent the University of Florida, the UF MBA program will pay all expenses.
- Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition – 2013 & 2014 Winners; Best Presenter Award, 2014; Best Q&A Award, 2014;
- BNY Mellon Katz Invitational Case Competition – 2014 Winners
- Florida Intercollegiate Business Case Competition – 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 Winners
- Wake Forest Biotechnology Conference & Case Competition – 2013 Third Place
Hough Graduate School of Business Speaker Series
The Hough Graduate School of Business—home of UF MBA—sponsors focused Speaker Series that connect students to issues occurring in daily business. Students come into contact with a diverse and high-quality array of professionals who are on the leading edge in their respective fields.
UF MBA Critical Issues in Business Speaker Series
The UF MBA Program invites high-level executives to speak about “hot button” issues and discuss topics they are currently dealing with in their industries for the UF MBA Critical Issues in Business Speaker Series. These events are positioned to educate the larger business community on issues that are timely and topical and are currently impacting business.
Ring Distinguished Speaker Series
The Alfred A. Ring Distinguished Speaker Series brings prominent real estate professionals to campus to speak to and interact with UF real estate students and faculty. These distinguished individuals bring to life the material covered in courses. In addition, speakers share their informed perspectives on real estate career strategies and opportunities.
Finance Professional Speaker Series
The Finance Professional Speaker Series features finance professionals discussing their approaches to specific problems, lending insight into particular industries, discussing major trends in the various markets in which they operate, and discussing career strategies.
Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
The Entrepreneurship Case Lecture Series seeks to enhance student understanding of topics relevant to entrepreneurship and innovation, provide the background necessary for students interested in entrepreneurial careers, and introduce students to resources in the entrepreneurial arena while providing a forum for networking and career development.
Career Accelerator Fund
In order to facilitate participation in activities that are most valuable to you, the UF MBA Program has established the Career Accelerator Fund. This fund will be used to participate in one national career fair and will provide up to $500 of discretionary resources to participate in activities such as case competitions, company visits, additional career fairs, assessments, career development programs, practical industry skills training, global immersion trips, “A Day in the Life” corporate residency program, Critical Issues in Business Speaker Series and Integrated Technology Venture consulting projects.