About the Toppel Career Center
Toppel student staff and Sebastian in front of Toppel with a balloon arch. Toppel student staff and Sebastian in front of Toppel with a balloon arch.

Toppel student staff and Sebastian celebrate the start of the year at Toppelfest.

Our mission is to prepare students to make educated decisions as they explore the ever-changing landscape of careers. We achieve this through innovation and strategic connections with the University community and beyond.

Are you trying to figure out what to do with your life? Are you pretty sure--even totally sure--you know your career goals, but need some help developing a plan or making connections? At Toppel, we’re in the business of career education, which means that we can help! We have a staff of highly trained career advisors who can support you every step along your path to career success. Whether you’re looking to solidify your interests or skills, get ready for a job or internship interview, or make connections that will launch your career, Toppel has you covered.

Mission: We prepare students to make educated decisions as they explore the ever-changing landscape of careers. We achieve this through innovation and strategic connections with the University community and beyond.

Vision: Empowering and connecting 'Canes to achieve a lifetime of career fulfillment.

Hours

The Toppel Career Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Walk-in advising for resumes, cover letters, and mini-practice interviews is offered Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm. No appointment is necessary for walk-in advising.

Please note that we are closed on holidays, during some breaks, and occasionally for staff development and training. During the summer, we are also closed on Fridays.

Our Model

Career Education Model - Explore, Prepare, Connect

We know that everyone is at a different place when they come to us. Our model--Explore, Prepare, Connect--gives us the flexibility to meet you where you are. [Include image of model]

Explore

Exploring is all about discovering career pathways. Take one of our many career assessments to uncover your strengths, interests, skills and abilities. Apply for UShadow to spend a day with an employer in your industry of interest and learn what it’s like day to day. See a career advisor to build a career plan that’s tailored just for you. Whatever your needs, we’re here to guide you as you explore the many possibilities and begin to narrow down the options for your future.

Prepare

Preparing is all about getting ready for the world of work. We talk with employers in a wide variety of industries on a daily basis and know what they’re looking for in job candidates and future employees. Better yet, we engage them in preparing you for the work you’ll do when you graduate (or even before!). Schedule a practice interview with an advisor--or with an employer at EPIC. Attend a program or workshop to develop critical career-related skills. Come get your resume, cover letter, and other job application materials reviewed by a peer advisor during walk-in advising hours.

Connect

Connecting is all about meeting people and getting involved in organizations that will grow into your own professional network.Connect with employers looking to hire you through on-campus interviews or our online career management system, Handshake. Get guidance on building meaningful relationships and skills at your internship through the Toppel Internship Program. Participate in one of our many networking and recruiting events throughout the year for just about any industry that might interest you.

Guiding Framework

Our career education model is guided by a theoretical framework that is designed to provide you with the flexibility you’ll need to be successful in our changing world. The Chaos Theory of Careers (CTC) by Pryor and Bright assumes that there are many influences in our lives that make it difficult to predict where our lives will lead. Nothing is certain and everything is possible. In order to prepare you for inevitable change and uncertainty, we work with you to understand your limitations, identify opportunities, recover from obstacles, find meaningful work, take advantage of chance, and develop the necessary skills to handle a life that fluctuates between stability and change.

Toppel Advisory Board

Toppel Advisory Board (TAB) is comprised of the University of Miami’s top employers, student leaders, and faculty/administrators. This group helps to guide the strategic direction of the Toppel Career Center and provides recommendations on recruiting, events, and services provided to the university community and beyond. There are three subcommittees within the Board: Campus Engagement, Career Readiness, and Toppel Day of Service.

For more information on who is involved on the Board, check out the TAB Directory.

Who Are the Toppels?

Picture of Pat and Harold Toppel with Etched Dedication

Dedicated on February 7, 2014, the Toppel Career Center stands as a testament to the visionary leadership and unconditional generosity of University of Miami 

Trustee and two-time alumna Patricia Toppel. With her beloved husband Harold, Pat Toppel made the gift that brought the original Toppel Center into being in 1995, and it is she whose financial support helped make construction of this state-of-the-art facility possible.

"We all have the same goal here at the University—to provide an excellent education, a wonderful campus life, and the opportunity to plan for our students' futures." - Pat Toppel, B.Ed. '58, M.Ed. '59