All posts by Leah Deranian

LaunchCode: Plugging into Tech Jobs

Are you a CCIT graduate? Are you currently in one of our technology programs and in your final 15 credit hours? Do you want to learn more about earning an average of $15 per hour in a paid apprenticeship with an IT company? Are you plugging into tech jobs? LaunchCode may be the answer.  

LaunchCode is a company that matches you with one of over 500 employer partners for a paid partnership. Many apprentices are then hired into full-time roles. LaunchCode also offers free training programs and resources.  This company will be on the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus Thursday, May 30. Join us from 12:30-2:00 pm for an information session. The session will take place in the Social Arts building, SA114.

launchcode flyer

Are you preparing for a job? If so, LaunchCode also offers help with interview readiness. They will share tips to prepare you to share your experience and skillset in an interview in the most effective way possible. LaunchCode also provides training for on-the-job skills.Come find out what it takes to land your first job in the tech arena. Former apprentices will share their experience and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to build your network of tech professionals. 

All the jobs are Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please keep this in mind if you are taking classes or have other commitments. This event will be an excellent professional networking opportunity. Mark your calendars and make a plan to attend this “don’t miss” event. 

Feel free to RSVP using Handshake, our internal job and event board.


We have preloaded your information in Handshake for you! Activate your account today by logging in with your SPC email address at or click on the Handshake link in MyCourses (under Career Planning).

Once logged in, make sure to finish the account setup process. Check the grey progress bar at the top of the page to make sure you complete all the steps. Once you complete the steps, feel free to download the Handshake App for iOS devices or android devices.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Sara Sabourin. Sara is the Career Outreach Specialist on the St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus. 

Have you Joined Handshake?

Handshake logo

Handshake is an incredible online tool that will help you land a job or internship that sparks your unique interests, discover companies, on-campus events, network, and build a meaningful career.

Everything we do at St. Petersburg College Career Services is to help you build a meaningful career. We help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, networking, elevator pitches, professional etiquette and more. We bring employers on campus for hiring events, career summits, and other valuable experiences. We develop events that help students engage with the St. Petersburg College community. Learn more about our newest tool to help you build your future career.

Need a part-time job while you’re a student? Check Handshake. Need a full-time job for the summer? Check Handshake. Are you an alumnae of St. Petersburg College looking to begin your career? Check Handshake. You can also find internships, volunteer opportunities, and on-campus events.

Create a profile showcasing your interests, skills, and job-seeking goals, upload your resume, and start connecting with companies. Does your current resume need a facelift? Check Handshake for a resume workshop on your SPC campus. Connecting with events and employers is easier than ever.

Getting started is easy. We have preloaded your information in Handshake for you! Activate your account today by logging in with your SPC email address at or click on the Handshake link in MyCourses under Career Planning.

Once logged in, make sure to finish the account setup process. Check the grey progress bar at the top of the page to make sure you complete all the steps. Once you complete the steps, feel free to download the Handshake App for iOS devices or android devices.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Career Services at your campus.

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Ready for the Job Fair at SPG Campus?

Job Fair Graphic

The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus is hosting a job fair. Are you looking for a job? Do you want to network with local companies to plan your next career move? Have you researched employers who match your personality? Join us for the 2019 Job Fair at the St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus! Job fairs are also a great way to strengthen your interviewing and networking skills. Job fairs are a great way to learn more about careers you are considering. Job Fairs are for those just starting and for those who are ready to get a job. Many of the companies attending the job fair plan to hire on the spot. The job fair is open to current students, alumni, and the public.

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: St. Petersburg College, Gibbs Campus, SS Lobby

Participating job fair employers include:

  • Pinellas County Government
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Operation PAR, PEMHS, and the Boley Centers
  • Pinellas County Schools
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • Brookdale – Freedom Square
  • Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Goodwill Industries Suncoast
  • The Salvation Army
  • YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Publix
  • And more!

Come dressed to impress, and bring copies of your resume. If you need help creating or revising a resume, Career Services can help! The Career Services team is hosting a Professional Resume Workshop the week before the job fair.

Join us for a resume writing workshop

Prior to the job fair, join us for pointers for your resume. Learn the basics of resume writing. Get your resume reviewed by a career professional on Tuesday, February 26 in SA 135 at 12:30 pm until 2 pm. If you cannot make the workshop, feel free to stop by SA137 in the Student Services building for resume help.

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Questions? Email Leah Deranian.

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Play the Game of Life: St. Pete Gibbs Campus

Game of Life board game

If you could look into your future, would you do it? Come play the Game of Life and get a window into your possible future based on the decisions you make in the next few years.

The Game of Life: What Will You Choose?

What career will you choose? How much money will you make? Will you start a family? How many children will you have? Will you buy a house or rent? What kind of car will you drive? What financial hurdles will hit you along the way? How will these hurdles effect your financial standing? Join us to play a life-size version of this classic game.

There is no need to RSVP. Just drop in!

Date: Thursday, January 31

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus, SS Lobby (*food in the quad*)

Choose an occupation and then build your life by visiting nine stations.

  1. Career decision
  2. Education
  3. How will you pay for your education
  4. Will you marry and have kids
  5. Roadblock or reward
  6. Housing
  7. Transportation
  8. Health and wellness
  9. Put it all together: Can you afford your life?

Each station will provide relevant information including college and outside resources available to students. If you are not sure of your major or career path, this is a great way to try one out and explore a scenario. If you ARE sure, then come get a look into your crystal ball.

St. Petersburg College students from all campuses are welcome to join us for this fun interactive game. Once you finish the game, stay and enjoy a catered lunch and share your future with fellow students. Was it what you thought it would be? Are there some changes you might like to make based on what you learned?

If you have any questions, feel free to email Leah Deranian, Student Support Specialist for Career Services at the St. Petersburg Gibbs Campus. We look forward to seeing you there. Bring your SPC friends!

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Get Hired on the Spot with Publix

Get Hired at Publix

Looking to get hired?  Seven Publix stores are coming to SPC St. Petersbug/Gibbs Campus for a hiring event and you’re invited! The event will take place on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m – 3 p.m. in the SS Lobby. Apply, interview, and get hired on the spot for one of 75-125 positions.

Publix Job Fair flierFor the 21st consecutive year, Publix has earned a spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Publix was also named one of the best employers to work for in’s Top-Rated Workplaces in 2018. The list is compiled from the 2018 Fortune 500 list based on 72 million ratings and reviews of companies. Publix, at number 19, is the only supermarket chain on the list.

All stores are looking for a variety of positions – both seasonal and long-term – including entry-level managerial roles.

The following 7 stores will be here from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm:

  1. Publix Super Market at Seville Square (3030 54th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712)
  2. Publix Super Market at Bay Pointe Plaza (5295 34th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711)
  3. Publix Super Market at Dolphin Village (4655 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706)
  4. Publix Super Market at South Pasadena (1075 Pasadena Ave S, South Pasadena, FL 33707)
  5. Publix Super Market at University Village (250 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
  6. Publix Super Market at 700 Central (725 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
  7. Publix Super Market on Treasure Island (111 104th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706)

This is an excellent opportunity to get in with a great company and make professional connections.

Remember, it’s a good idea to check in with Career Services on your campus prior to the hiring event. Have your resume reviewed and practice your interview skills. You can also stop by a resume workshop at your campus to learn the nuts and bolts of creating a resume. Practice your elevator speech and be ready to put your best foot forward.  Publix is waiting for YOU!

If you have any questions about the Publix hiring event, please contact Leah Deranian, Career Specialist on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus.

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