Pharma is cutting back and is very hard to get into without referrals.
If you're a UCF grad I would suggest you checkout www.jobswithucf.com if you enjoyed your time at the school. Though that would involve you moving back to Orlando.
I don't know how many boat builders large enough to have an intership program in Tampa, but I know for a fact that Hells Bay has an internship program. East Cape may also have one as well. But again, they are both in Orlando/Titusville.
Mattyvac, I was thinking about doing pharmaceuticals , but like you said it's rough right now. I know a friend of a friend that works with hells bay as a rep. I wouldn't mind getting into something like that but I don't think they're really looking for anyone right now. Orlando is an option. Thanks for the response, I appreciate it
Go Knights! I graduated from there in 07, finally. I agree doing something you enjoy is good. Its not pharmaceutical but you might check out being a rep for someone like Donovan Marine. They sell the MarPac line of marine accessories to retailers. I used to know a guy that did and he seemed to enjoy it. Good luck
I gave the same advice to my cousin - the economy is rough and with the uncertainty of the corp tax situation many companies are not expanding right now and most likely not for the next period of time.
Like Matty stated, usually universitys have programs for recent graduates to join to get them noticed by companies. I know its tough finding jobs right now as I have just graduated with a double major in business management and international business at FIU and thankfully I have a great job but I have many friends without them. Its tough out there but trust me use every resource available to you...especially your alma mater. Also if you joined any clubs or organizations such as a greek fraternity, reach out to your alumni and get yourself noticed.
Did you see the post before yours? The Kayak business in Pine Island/Ft Myers. I know it takes your from the Tampa area but its only what about 2 hours south of Tampa and it looks like the OP needs someone "business Savvy" to run it. Have a few buddies who have jumped into small opportunities like this one and it led to very big and rewarding careers. Good luck.
Hey kooker19, I am in the same boat as you right now. I graduated from Stetson Univeristy over there in Deland almost two yrs ago now. I got a sports management degree with a business administration minor and as of right now I work at the Loews Don Cesar hotel. That is completely out of my field and I would love to work in the fishing/boating industry. It sucks man right now there is nothing out there and it's like you have to take whatever you can get. I would die to work for hells bay skiffs. Kooker19 PM me sometime and let's keep in touch. Meet up and fish sometime. I live in Apollo beach little south of Tampa.
I'd think hard before going to grad school. Worse case scenario you spend 2-years getting a MBA, thousands of $ in debt, need a part time job during school and you will probably miss any great opportunity that pops up while attending school.
I've own/owned a few successful business (including one that has serviced the Pharmaceutical Industry for 28 years) and I've never been overly influenced by an advanced degree when hiring a first time job seeker. What impresses me most is someone that works his ass off, has a positive attitude and demonstrates a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. If someone tells me they have been working at Home Depot, waiting tables, cutting lawns etc. while looking for their first break - that impresses me. There are plenty of other jobs in the Pharmaceutical biz besides carrying a bag - unfortunately most of the new opportunities are in NJ. A great field is Medical Education/Marketing Companies. They help educate docs on new meds and most projects involve traveling to resorts, hotels, convention centers etc. and conducting meetings. FL is one of the most popular meeting destinations for Pharma and companies are always looking for good young talent - plus lots of young attractive woman work in the field = bonus. Good luck and stay positive!