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LinkedIn Workshop: Branding the Professional YOU

LinkedIn Workshop booth

St. Petersburg College students can find out how to get ahead in their job searches with the upcoming Career Services LinkedIn Workshop. Learn about a great way to connect with employers and experts in your chosen field.

LinkedIn WorkshopAttend this workshop at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in AD 115 at the Clearwater Campus.

  • Stand out in today’s competitive job market.
  • Learn to build your personal brand.
  • Learn how to use your professional photo on your LinkedIn profile.

Today’s job market is constantly changing, and LinkedIn is the best way to keep up-to-date and informed. They are the premier professional network, featuring more than 4 million employers. This workshop will help get your job hunt off on the right foot.

This workshop will walk you through the basics, starting with opening a free account. LinkedIn is a service for professionals, and opens doors that are different than Facebook and Twitter. Learn about prospects and network with employers and professional colleagues. Get the latest news in your industry, and learn from experts in your field.

We are looking forward to seeing you there, and helping you build your brand on LinkedIn. Discover new opportunities and learn about branding the professional you!

Clearwater and Seminole Campus Job Fairs

St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus and the Seminole Campus are hosting Job Fairs.  This is a great opportunity to meet with more than 30 local employers at each campus.

SPC Job Fairs:

  • Oct. 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Clearwater Campus, ES 104
  • Oct. 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Seminole Campus, UP/Digitorium

 Free admission! Free parking! No pre-registration required! Open to the public!

Looking for a new job? How about a new career? Prepare for success:

  • Wear proper business attire – first impressions count!
  • Bring copies of your resume.
  • Arrive with a positive attitude.

Fall 2017 Job Fairs

This is a great opportunity to look at ways to further develop your skills for the jobs of today and review the bright career prospects of tomorrow. Expand your skill set, even learn a whole new career, network with local employers, have face-to-face interviews, and have an engaging conversation with a potential employer.

Everyone is invited to our job fairs where you can:

  • Meet local employers.
  • Have on-the-spot interviews.
  • Find out about full-time jobs and internship opportunities.

Before you go to the job fair make sure to stop by Clearwater Career Services in AD 115, if you need any assistance preparing your resume or cover letters.  Remember you can practice your interview skills in Optimal Resume located in MyCourses.  You will also want to prepare for interviews by developing an elevator pitch that will highlight key strengths that you can offer to the organization and use this at the beginning of your interview. Also, you will want to have some questions ready to ask the interviewer, such as “What have you enjoyed most about working here?” and “What is the next step in the process?”  You will also want to develop a strategy for the job fair by surveying the layout of the fair once you arrive and determine the order of which employers you will want to speak with.

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Engineering Technology at SPC Clearwater

Did you know SPC Clearwater Campus is home to the Engineering Technology A.S Degree program?

engineering technology

SPC’s engineering technology A.S program is recognized as a model for associate in science programs around the country. Our programs give you hands-on technical skills backed up by scientific and engineering principles. With our training, you will learn:

  • Industrial processes and materials
  • How to generate and interpret computer-aided drawings
  • Electronics and electricity
  • Quality assurance methods
  • Mechanical measurements and instrumentation
  • Technical competency
  • Skills and theory to support engineering design, processes, production, testing, and product quality.

Engineering Technology A.S Degree offers sub-plans in:

  • Biomedical Systems
  • Medical Quality Systems
  • Electronics
  • Quality
  • Digital Design and Modeling

Our core classes for all sub-plans align with the national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Portable Production Technician Certification. If you have already earned the MSSC-CPT, you can receive 15 articulated credit hours toward this Engineering Technology degree. This comprehensive degree program was developed in part by the Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE) Center to provide manufacturers and technology industries qualified, highly skilled employees. It is a model for colleges in Florida and throughout the country.

Pinellas County ranks second in the state for manufacturing employment and third in the state for the number of manufacturing firms. To work in today’s technology manufacturing operations, employees need to have advanced technology skills and knowledge. According to recent news reports, employers have a hard time finding qualified employees on both locally and nationally scales. Students with an Engineering Technology A.S degree qualify for many positions such as: Civil/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering technicians, electronics assembly and testing, CAD designer, CAD drafter, Mechanical part designer, Industrial designer, Quality assurance technician/manger, Quality control inspector, Lean/Six Sigma leader, Biomedical device repair, Biomedical device technician.  With manufacturing firms returning to Florida, there is a tremendous need for skilled technicians who can maintain and repair the sophisticated medical machines that take care of us.

Link: http://www.spcollege.edu/degrees-training/engineering-manufacturing-and-building-arts

 

Clearwater Career Services – My Learning Plan (MLP)

Clearwater Career Services will be hosting several My Learning Plan (MLP) Workshops for students during the month of June, in the Administration Building, room AD115.

  • Wednesday June 7,    10:00am – 12:00pm   &   3:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday June 21,  10:00am – 12:00pm   &   3:00pm – 5:00pm

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June is a great time to take advantage of these workshops to get a jump start on your Learning Plan for your classes.  Join us at these important MLP workshops so we can further assist you with planning the courses you will need to take for your degree, and outline which term you should take your classes.  You can also become familiar with the function, application, and benefits of your MLP.  My Learning Plan is a great tool for helping students keep on track with their classes.  Think about the times you wanted to take a specific class, and wished you had placed it in your shopping cart, but forgot.  By utilizing MLP, your classes will already be assigned in your Learning Plan.  When enrollment starts, all you have to do is go to your MLP for the appropriate semester and enroll in the classes.  This way you can avoid worrying about searching for the right classes at the last minute.

Career Services is here to help you succeed at achieving your goals.  We can help you to identify your career paths that match your personality, interests, skills, and values.   The Career Services office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am – 7:00pm, and on Friday from 8:30am – 12:00pm. We are located in the Administration Building, room AD115

We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our workshops!

 

Discover Career Launch

Formerly known as “Burning Glass,” Career Launch is a great tool for exploring careers, and internships.

career launch

Some of the many opportunities offered by Career Launch include:

  • Explore careers by St. Petersburg College programs of study
  • Research a program of study, job, employer or skill
  • Explore my career and internship options
  • See where my experience can take me

Once you click on the jobs/internship search tab you will be able to see job results for your program of study, jobs for which you have been encouraged to apply for, and jobs you have recently viewed. You can start a new search by clicking on “Search for jobs” tab on the right hand side that will take you to a new page.  The search job postings page allows you to search for jobs or internships by different criteria such as state/city search, ZIP Code radius search, job posting date, occupation, program of study or resume matching. You will need to upload a resume in order to be able to apply for a job. Career Launch allows you to create or upload a resume. If you do not have a resume, Optimal Resume is another great resource for creating a resume, which can also be found under “My Courses.”  Click on a job posting you are interested in, and you will be able to see general information about the position including the job title, company information, location, salary, job description, job requirements, and job qualifications.  On the top of the page you will see a “How to apply for this job” link that will redirect you to information about the application process.  In addition, a “BOOKMARK THIS INFO” link is available for you allowing you to go back and review the job information later.

Once you log in under student login, go to “My Courses,” scroll to the bottom to the right side of the page, and under “Additional Resources” there is a hyperlink to Career Launch!

Who You Know vs. What You Know

Of course it’s about who you know, as Dr. Kohrs emphasized in his
presentation at SPC who you knowClearwater Campus on April 20, 2017.  Dr. Kohrs, a SPC Clearwater Alumni, explained the importance of Social Networking for a successful future.  He shared with the audience his experience from his high school years all the way to today, with a fast paced technology evolvement, making Social Networking a main ingredient for creating a successful future in any career.  Dr. Kohrs was not an “A” student during his high school years.  He was actually absent 1 year and 1 day from high school, choosing to go to libraries and museums instead of class.  Later, in college all the way to obtaining his PhD, he maintained a 4.0 GPA.  He shared with the audience four proven, effective ways to increase your GPA in addition to studying hard.

  • Introduce yourself to the professor after the first class. Let the professor know that it will be a great class, and you will enjoy their class.
  • Ask a question. Raise your hand and ask a question about something that you have already read from the course material.
  • Keep in touch. Professors spend many hours in their offices when they are not teaching classes. Use those office hours, to stop by and get connected with your professor.
  • Join a Club. Creating relationships and allies with different departments such as the writing studio, student clubs, the library, and career services is an important key for doing better.

Dr. Kohrs also mentioned Small World Theory / Six degrees of Separation, which is the amount of degrees you are away from knowing someone.  Small World Theory expresses that we have friends who have friends and so on, proving we have unlimited connections available to us.  On average each one of us has about 100 – 150 connections.

Career Launch- A Career Exploration Tool

Formerly known as “Burning Glass,” Career Launch is a great tool for exploring careers, and internships.  Some of the many opportunities offered by Career Launch include:

  • Explore careers by St. Petersburg College programs of study
  • Research a program of study, job, employer or skill
  • Explore my career and internship options
  • See where my experience can take me

career launch

Once you click on the jobs/internship search tab you will be able to see job results for your program of study, jobs for which you have been encouraged to apply for, and jobs you have recently viewed. You can start a new search by clicking on “Search for jobs” tab on the right hand side that will take you to a new page.  The search job postings page allows you to search for jobs or internships by different criteria such as state/city search, ZIP Code radius search, job posting date, occupation, program of study or resume matching.

You will need to upload a resume in order to be able to apply for a job. Career Launch allows you to create or upload a resume. If you do not have a resume, Optimal Resume is another great resource for creating a resume, which can also be found under “My Courses.”  Click on a job posting you are interested in, and you will be able to see general information about the position including the job title, company information, location, salary, job description, job requirements, and job qualifications.  On the top of the page you will see a “How to apply for this job” link that will redirect you to information about the application process.  In addition, a “BOOKMARK THIS INFO” link is available for you allowing you to go back and review the job information later.

Once you log in under student login, go to “My Courses,” scroll to the bottom to the right side of the page, and under “Additional Resources” there is a hyperlink to Career Launch!

Everything You Should Know About Focus 2

Focus 2 is not just a homework assignment you turn into your Smart Start class. Focus 2 is so much more than that!  What is Focus 2 you ask? Focus 2 is a website designed to match students with the right career choice. It is an assessment that will ask you a series of questions pertaining to yourself. The questions are based into five categories: work, values, personality, skills, and leisure. Take your time when you answer the questions- so you get an accurate overview and result.

focus 2

Once completed, Focus 2 will put together a list of careers that seem like a perfect match for you! All you have to do is combine your assessment results from the five categories. Once combined, you can see which of the categories come up with a career occupation. When you look at your list of occupations, you can see what majors at St. Petersburg College support that career and a salary, keep in mind, this salary is not entry level! There are icons that will tell you if the occupation has a bright outlook or is eco-friendly. You can also save an occupation and link to St. Petersburg College’s website to learn more about a certain program.

Each occupation is hyperlinked, allowing you to click on the occupation to learn more about that specific career. You will get an overview of the occupation that discusses what responsibilities, knowledge, and special tasks you would do in that occupation. You can also see how well of a match you are to the occupation in a graph that displays side by side, the interests of someone that works in that certain occupation and how you answered those five assessments. Skills, values, work conditions, and education requirements are also listed for each career. Take the time to explore Focus 2 and learn more about career opportunities.

Links:

http://www.spcollege.edu/ (sign into Student LogIn, then go to MySPC, click on Career, and then click on Focus 2)

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive career research database, providing detailed and up-to-date profiles of more than 2,900 of today’s most popular jobs in 93 industries. This database now contains more than 1,000 new and updated in-depth job and industry descriptions.

career guidance

To access this data base, go to www.spcollege.edu, click on student login. Once logged in click on my courses, then on the main page under additional resources click on library resources & services. Click on the databases A-Z link, then click the letter F, and then click on the Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center (InfoBase Publishing) link to open the site. This site provides 103 different languages. To change the language, go to the top-right hand corner above the SPC logo, then click the blue arrow next to select language, and choose the language you would like to use.

There are two ways you can find a career on the site. You can do a search on an area of interest or even the name of a job you are interested in, or you can browse a list of all industries and careers. The site also lists popular industries and careers you can use to look up a job. Clicking on the “Browse all Industries and Careers” link will take you to the industry overview and profession profiles page, and you can see an overview of the different areas found in each industry. Clicking on one of these areas takes you to a page that gives you an overview of that industry showing different job areas for that industry. On the right hand side of the page there is also a list of related careers listed under that industry. Clicking on the career will show you the profile page for that career.

On the job profile page there is also an overview of the career you selected. You can learn many helpful things about this career, including education and training, experience, skills, personality, salaries, a description of the position, and much more.  On the right side of the page there is a sidebar with quick facts about this career with great information such as alternate titles, duties, and salary range.

Clearwater Welcomes Back Students!

When was the last time you stopped by the Clearwater Career Services office?  Do you know about all the services Career Services offers to students?  Take a break from your classes and stop by Career Services for some refreshments when we “Welcome Back Students” every day from 8:00am-10:00am and 4:30pm-6:00pm Monday, January 9 through Thursday, January 12 in AD115 and the Quad.  We have some great workshops and events scheduled for you during the spring semester.

Clearwater

Let us help you accomplish your goals!  Take a break, enjoy some refreshments, and stop by Career Services for our welcome back event. Just a few of the workshops Careers Services will be hosting during the spring semester: Resume Writing, Focus 2 assessments, My Learning Plan, Professional Branding, Picture Perfect Portfolio, Interview Preparation, and Internship Workshop.  Start the New Year off by taking advantage of the tools and services available to you through Career Services.  We are open Monday through Thursday 8:30am – 7:00pm, and Friday 8:30am – 12:00pm.