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TRANSFER FAIR with over 20 different colleges and universities comes to SP/G Campus! #careerspc

SPC Transfer FairThe St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus is hosting a transfer fair Thursday October 29th from 12:00 p.m-2:00 p.m. in the Student Services (SS) building. This is your chance to speak to admission representatives and recruiters from different colleges and universities from across the state. The transfer fair has something for everyone from freshman to Associate of Arts students to students interested in advanced medical programs.

Are you interested in transferring to the University of South Florida Tampa Campus? USF will have representatives from the College of Nursing, School of Architecture, School of Art & Art History, School of Music, and School of Theatre & Dance to answer all of your questions. In addition, USF will have an admissions representative that can answer all of your questions about the transfer process and other degree programs offered.

Do you want to attend a state university even closer to home? Then look no further than the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus. The transfer fair will have an admissions representative to answer all of your questions as well as an Academic Advisor from the College of Business.

Florida Gulf Coast University, part of the State University System of Florida, located in Ft. Myers Florida offers more than 50 undergraduate degree programs in business, engineering, education, health, psychology, music, art, and more! Interested in a graduate degree in the health field? FGCU has an Occupational Therapy MS program and a Physical Therapy D.P.T. program. Come check out all this gem of a university has to offer and speak to an admissions representative at the transfer fair!

Are you looking for a unique university experience? With a total enrollment of 800-850 students New College of Florida offers a personal and collaborative learning environment, where faculty and students engage in in-depth exploration of ideas and subject matter, and where students have the freedom to chart their own academic course! New College is the State of Florida’s designated Honors College for the liberal arts. Come speak with an admissions representative at the transfer fair.

Do you love science and math? Are you acing your Human Anatomy class? Are you interested in a career as a Physician Assistant? Then come to the transfer fair to learn about Barry University’s Master of Clinical Medical Science degree and the Physician Assistant Certificate program. Speak with an Admissions Coordinator to get the facts on this challenging and rewarding program located right here in Pinellas County!

Are you interested in learning what it takes to get into University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy program? Then come speak with Natalie Wilcox from the UF College of Pharmacy and learn about prerequisites, admission guidelines, deadlines, PCAT scores and more! Check out this program offered right here in Pinellas County.

These are just a few of the many colleges and universities participating in the transfer fair on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Thursday October 29th. Don’t miss your chance to find the college or program that is right for you!

The full list of participating colleges and universities:

Barry University
Eckerd College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida A&M University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida State University (Visual Disabilities program)
Florida International University
National University Health Science
New College of Florida
Nova Southeastern University-Huizenga College of Business
Saint Leo University
Springfield College
St. Petersburg College
University of Florida
University of Tampa
University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee
University of South Florida-Tampa
University of North Florida
University of West Florida

For more information on this fun and exciting event check out the event Facebook page!

For more information contact Jennifer Palmer at or 727-341-4358.

SPC Hosts Transfer Fair Oct. 29

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If you are still trying to weigh all your local education options, St. Petersburg College will host a Transfer Fair on Thursday, Oct. 29 from Noon-2 p.m. at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

SPC students are invited to this event where they can:

  • Meet representatives from public and private universities and colleges in Florida
  • Learn about future educational opportunities available to you
  • Explore several degrees through our University Partnership Center
  • Discover what SPC bachelor degree programs have to offer
  • Learn about transfer programs, prerequisites and admission requirements

Confirmed colleges and universities include Barry University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of South Florida- St. Petersburg, University of South Florida-Tampa, University of West Florida, University of North Florida, New College of Florida, University of Tampa, Saint Leo University  and many more!

In addition, students will be able to speak with representatives from several St. Petersburg College bachelor degree programs including Business, Education, Biology, Technology Management, Public Safety, and Paralegal.

For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Palmer, Project Manager, at 727-341-4358.

You can also follow us on Twitter at #careerspc.

The Color Game, Take Two! #careerspc

Last week, the Midtown campus hosted an event bringing together the fun of learning about Career Services with FREE lunch! If you missed this event, please join us for a repeat at the Downtown Campus on Wednesday, 10/7 from 11am – 1pm.

Students will be able to spin the color wheel and answer a question corresponding to the color you land on. A right answer = a piece of pizza. It’s as easy at that! Bring your friends to the Downtown Campus (244 2nd Ave N. St. Petersburg, FL 33701) on Wednesday, October 7th from 11am – 1pm to join the fun! See you there!

If you can’t make this fun event, check out these other events brought to you by Career Services!

Questions before the event? Contact Rebecca Sarver, Career Specialist. 727-341-7980 / Sarver.Rebecca@spcollege.eduColor Game poster DT

The Color Game. Bringing knowledge & pizza together! #careerspc

“Step right up! Step right up! Give the color wheel a spin for a chance to answer a trivia question to win a free lunch!”

We recognize that learning is great (it’s a college! That’s what this is about, right?) – But, what could make it better? PIZZA. St. Petersburg College has recently expanded our campuses and included a beautiful state of the art building in the Midtown area of St. Petersburg. Whether you’re new to SPC or a seasoned student, Career Services would like to invite you to come down to the new campus to learn a little about Career Services and enjoy a slice of pizza with us.

You’ll spin the color wheel and answer a question corresponding to the color you land on. A right answer = a piece of pizza. It’s as easy at that!
The event takes place at the Midtown Campus (1300 22nd St. S) on September 30th from 11am – 1pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions before the event? Contact Rebecca Sarver, Career Specialist. 727-341-7980 /

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Tampa Bay Intern Event at SPC EpiCenter! #careerspc #spcintern

tbi-logoTampa Bay Intern is hosting an Internship Hiring Event on September 29th from 5 pm to 8 pm at the St. Petersburg College EpiCenter. The event is free for students and employers interested in attending.

Students are encouraged to pre-register to avoid waiting in line for admittance. We also highly suggest students view other available Internship opportunities via This is another no cost resource for students.

This event will allow students to showcase their skills and education to some of Tampa Bay’s top employers with the opportunity to secure an internship.

Business attire is required so make sure you arrive dressed to impress!  Refreshments will be served.

CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay strongly believe in the powerful role that internships can play in shaping a student’s career path. Internships give students the opportunity build skills and knowledge necessary for success in their field. Employers offering internships gain a competitive edge that includes fresh perspectives, increased employee retention rates, and finding valuable new employees. is a site designed to connect both employers and those students seeking internship opportunities in the Tampa Bay area.

We expect up to 20 employers to be in attendance from both Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. Current Internships available include but are not limited to:

Mechanical Engineering Intern
Electrical Engineering Intern
Preschool Teacher-Intern
Accounting Generalist-Intern
Creative Designer-Intern
SEO Link Builder-Intern
Construction Project Assistant-Intern

St. Petersburg College assists students with the Internship process. Check out the number of different degree programs that offer the opportunity to complete an Internship. For more information contact the Employment and Internship Coordinator on a campus near you.

The SPC internship course is facilitated by faculty and includes:

Development of SMART Learning Objectives
Weekly journal entries
Final paper
Site visit by college staff

Check out these other great resources for additional internship information.

5 Steps For a Successful Telephone Interview! #careerspc



You received a call or email from your dream job and they want to set up a phone interview. The phone interview is usually the first step in getting your foot inside the door. This is why it is extremely important that you treat the phone interview seriously.

The phone interview is becoming more and more common these days. It is the first step of most likely a long process of getting the job. The phone interview usually last about 15-30 minutes. There could be one person or a few people on the other side of the call.

1. Do your Research

You will want to research the person who will be interviewing you. To do this I suggest looking them up on LinkedIn to find out who you are up against. Maybe there is something you have in common that can work to your benefit.

-Study the job description.

Think of questions that could be asked during any interview. is a great resource to research potential interview questions. Make an appointment with your Career Services Specialist at your campus to practice answering interview questions and to learn effective techniques.

2. Set up your interview space

-Go to a space that is well lit and free of distractions. The interviewer does not want to hear a dog barking in the background, a screaming child, or a squeaky chair.

-Have your resume and cover letter in front of you.

-Create a reference sheet. On this reference sheet write some information about the company, such as their mission statement or any information that is in the news. Also write down any important or relevant information you want to mention to the interviewer.

-Make sure you are using a high-quality phone or a landline. Don’t let a bad connection be the reason you do not get the position. Recruiters are very busy and if they can’t understand you they will move on to the next candidate.

-Pour yourself a glass of water. Interviews can be stressful and make everyone nervous, and you don’t want a coughing fit or dry throat to ruin it. Having a simple glass of water handy can save the day.

-Don’t forget a pad and paper to write down any important information, such as the date, time and address of your first face-to-face interview.

-Prepare at least 5-10 questions to ask the interviewer at the end of your interview. Make sure they are written down, as then it is one less thing you have to worry about memorizing. I always suggest preparing extra questions because most of them will get answered during the interview.

3. Prepare yourself

Dress up because when we feel good about ourselves, this positive attitude will be evident through the phone.

Make sure that you are sitting up straight or stand up.

4. Ask the interviewer what the next step is and ask for their contact information.

5. The last and most important step: SMILE and don’t forget to breathe!

How To Create Your Digital Profile! #careerspc

Out with friends? We know the deal…

Step 1: Check in

Step 2: Tag everyone you are with

Step 3: Post cute pictures

Step 4: Snap chat!

After a long night out you get home and you can’t stop thinking about everything that happened. So without hesitation, you click on that app and you pour your heart out as you update your status. #somuchfun, right?
Well, let me ask you this… What if that hiring manager got a hold of that information? Would they still consider you for that dream job you just applied for?

As great as those 4 steps seem right there in the moment, they can quickly turn into the perfect recipe for a complete career disaster.  Many employers now just google potential interview candidates prior to scheduling interviews and they can discover all sorts of things about you.  Did you just make a not so nice comment about your current employer in your status update?  Did you post an unflattering picture of you and your friends from Friday night?  These are just some of the mistakes you can make in the new digital age!

That said, we are SO excited to present “How to Create your Digital Profile” on Wednesday, September 23rd from 11:30am- 12:30pm. Join us at the Tarpon Springs Campus in the new Career and Transfer Hub to find out if your online profile could be ruining your Career!

If you need any additional information about this event please contact Claudia Faiola, Career Specialist on the Tarpon Springs Campus.

Resume Writing Workshop #careerspc #SPCCL

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Are you looking for advice on writing a great resume? Then join the Clearwater Campus Career Services team as they cover all you need to know to write a great resume!

Date: September 21, 2015

Time: 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM

Location: Clearwater Campus, Building: ES Room: 105

Learn how to create an effective resume or improve the one you already have. Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Learn different resume formats and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Write an employment objective that shows potential employers that you have direction. Make the most of your work experience. Know what to reveal in a resume, and what to keep to yourself. Learn to overcome gaps in work history and age discrimination. Discover how to use references to your advantage.

St.Petersburg College has a resume writing tool called Optimal Resume which is located on the MyCareer tab in your MySPC account. We encourage students to log into MySPC and check out this great tool that offers hundreds of different resume samples.

Make sure to stay connected and view upcoming career events here!

Also feel free to stop by our new Clearwater Campus Career Center located in the AD Building room 115.

If you have questions about this event or getting started with a resume you can contact Marcí Martinez, Career Specialist on the Clearwater Campus.

Student Gets The Job: Dressing for Success! #careerspc

Two weekmario osorios ago I had my first job interview since 2002. Though I had performed an internship last fall, I was worried about the interview. I decided to change my approach and make some adjustments. First, I purchased business cards. They were not expensive and they offer free templates online. I bought resume paper and business letter envelopes. I had some address labels, so I used the same template as the business cards.

The day before the interview, I got a haircut and chose the clothes I would wear. I had a business suit and a shirt. I cleaned my shoes to ensure no dirt was visible. I made sure my clothes matched and there was no visible damage or dirt. And that night I practiced. I dressed in my suit and walked around the house. I wanted make sure I would feel confident and comfortable walking into the room. I was given the choice to interview at 8:00am or 12:45pm. I the later time slot, so I would not feel rushed.

I arrived 30 minutes early, so I could find parking and review possible questions. As a veteran, I visualized this interview like a military promotion board. Anyone who has ever been in front of a military promotion board knows, you arrive early and your uniform must look impeccable. I was walked into a conference room where I would wait with other potential candidates. I had never interviewed this way, so I was glad I arrived early. As I sat in the conference room, I looked around and wondered if I was overdressed. There was only two candidates in the room wearing a business suit and I was one of them! As I continue to look around, I noticed I was the only one with a fresh haircut. Before the interview began another candidate walked in like they just ran a marathon. I was glad I made it 30 minutes earlier; because, I looked fresh and relax.

I was a nervous wreck as I waited for my name to be called. Every time the door opened, I wondered if they would call my name. Finally, a representative from Human Resources called my name and asked for my resume. I gave her my envelope, and she immediately noticed the difference. She was impressed with my business card and my resume. She assured me that I was next for the interview. The moment of truth was quickly approaching!

Finally, I they called my name. I answered each questions with honesty. If I didn’t know the question I told them I didn’t know the answer at the time. I was also honest with the supervisor and I said I was nervous. At the end of the interview I was offered the job. I was proud of myself; because from the moment I received the invitation to interview – I began preparing.

I believe that dressing for success and being prepared was the key to standing out from the rest of the candidates. Sometimes you need more than a shirt and a tie to stand out. Here are some points I learned from this interview:

• Wear clean clothes.
• Don’t wear chains hanging out from you jeans
• Don’t wear jeans
• Get a haircut
• Comb your hair, Groom your beard, or shave, but don’t look like you just woke up.
• Wear a tie that matches your shirt
• Make sure the tie is adjusted right around your neck

I didn’t have all the answers to the question for the interview, but I was honest and I presented and acted professionally. These are things I learned during the workshops I attended with St. Petersburg College and from my experiences in the United States Army. I didn’t start as the CEO for the company, but I now have one foot inside a company. Now I have the opportunity to put in practice what I learned at SPC and I can gain experience that can match my education. I learned all this at the Employment and Internship workshop: be prepared and be professional. Next stop – completing my B.A.S. in Technology Development and Management!

Student Success at St. Petersburg College! #careerspc

James E. Cjames chambershambers recently finished his certificate in Food & Beverage Management at St. Petersburg College.

Shortly after finishing his certificate he was hired by the Loews Don CeSar Hotel. His journey from unemployment to job security is an inspiring story of student success.

My name is James E. Chambers, I live in the Seminole area and I attend the SPC campus at Seminole. I’m very glad to be in college even at the tender age of 54. I took eight years to get back in school. It was eight years ago I said that I wanted to go back to school after hearing our president encourage all Americans to extend their education even if you already have a degree. Help others in learning. I made plenty of excuses, usually about money or time. Money, because I made a certain amount that cancelled my eligibility for financial aid, and time because it would interrupt my routine; my comfort zone.

I lost my job unexpectedly and found myself with the time and no money until one of my veteran friends asked why not go back to school. There is a program called V-rap that will pay you to go back to school. I fit the criteria due to my age and being unemployed, so I began researching this. This renewed interest in coming back to school also helped me not to focus on the loss of my 23 year-old son and divorce that both happened within the same year.

I started at Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg. I also joined the SkillsUSA organization finding great support and resources. I graduated 13 months later. I then enrolled in the Food & Beverage Management certificate program at SPC, which ties into the hospitality industry that I have come to love. After completing the certificate I was hired at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel where I am proud to be a team member. To anyone that may have second thoughts on how, what, or where, don’t forget the why. It’s never too early or too late to educate. Enjoy your journey. : )

Thank you, James for sharing your career success story with everyone at SPC. We are proud of your accomplishment and wish you luck with the next chapter of your life!

If you have a success story you would like to share with SPC, or know someone who does, feel free to connect with the Career Center that is closest to you.