Wrapping up Homecoming Week 2013 has been a bittersweet occasion for most departments on campus. It was a wonderful way for everyone to come together and celebrate our school and welcome in a new academic year. The past week has brought forth fantastic events, as well as memories every student, faculty, and staff member will remember. Here at the Career Center, we made sure we participated in all the activities, and we even had some unique events of our own. All of us here really got into the Homecoming spirit and went all out! We completely “Oz-ed” out the office, and put hours of work into the office!
Informational interviews are a great way to understand the career choice you plan to pursue. They are a meeting of about 20-30 minutes between you, the person inquiring about a probable career, and the professional working in that field. Consider informational interviewing as a way to build your skills in interviewing, verbal and written communication, organization, investigation, and exhibiting initiative.
There are many reasons to conduct informational interviews:
If you’re reading this, let me just thank you for taking the time out of your wild, and crazy day to stay informed on all our adventures here at the USFSP Career Center. We’ve been having a great semester thus far, filled with very successful events and activities to benefit you, the wonderful students of USFSP. The part-time job fair we recently hosted had a most excellent turn out, and the entire staff is so grateful to all of the students, employers, and faculty that made this event successful. Over one hundred and thirty students came out to speak to roughly twenty-five employers, and some were even lucky enough to get hired on the spot! The event was a true testament to all the hard work and determination of everyone involved. If you were unable to make it due to a severe turn of events, (which should have to be the only reason you wouldn’t have come) then please don’t fret! We have plenty of resources and even applications that will give you the opportunity to find employment, be it part-time, full-time, or an internship. If for any reason you “forgot,” here’s a link that might be of use: http://www.usfsp.edu/career/for-students/excel-get-employed/. Continue reading
Welcome to all new students and welcome back returning students! Another semester is kicking off and I am excited to be a part of USF St. Petersburg, as the new Assistant Director of the Career Center. I just moved to Florida from Bowling Green, Ohio. (Yes, Ohio not Kentucky!) I’ve lived in Ohio all my life until July.
A little about me…I received my Bachelor of Art in Communication Arts with an Emphasis in Public Relations from Defiance College, and my Master of Art in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. I’ve held many different kinds of jobs from being a bank teller and home loan closer, to working retail, and as a program assistant at a non-profit, each experience enriching my life and leading to where I am now. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, crocheting, photography and surfing social media (aka I’m a Pinterest addict). I’m a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and a Gold Award recipient.
So why Florida? Why USFSP? Why not! I did something I suggest students do all the time, get out of your comfort zone and try something new. When the opportunity presented itself to leave Ohio and discover some place new, I’ll admit I was scared and nervous. I thought about settling for a job that didn’t make me happy just to stay in my cozy status quo. However, I loved my occupation too much, and didn’t want to give up on my dream job. So I interviewed all over the eastern United States, including here at USFSP, and the rest is history. I loved my first visit to St. Petersburg! What a great city and beautiful campus.
It wasn’t easy to make the decision to move 17 hours away from home, but I knew it was the right decision. This experience is allowing me to learn new things, explore new places, and providing me with professional challenges. For instance, I am learning all about the different plants and animals of this area of the country. I plan on continuing to try new experiences, like taking a class on gardening, maybe sailing, maybe hiking, or fishing…there are so many options!
What are you going to do this semester/year to get out of your comfort zone? How will it help your personal and/or professional development?
Start thinking about small things that could make a big impact like:
- Join a club or organization
- Study abroad
- Do an internship
- Take a challenging class
- Make a new friend
- Learn a new hobby
There are so many options waiting for you!
One just might change your life.
1.) You don’t need to have a major picked out
- I know what you’re thinking, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WANT TO MAJOR IN HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GO ANYWHERE IN LIFE?”
I’d like to start off by saying congratulations to you all! You’ve come a long way to get here today, and I’m sure you’ve all worked very hard. USF St. Pete is a great school, and a wonderful place to spend four years learning, living, and growing up. I can imagine that the majority of you are going through a large influx of emotions, realizing that you’re about to take a big step on your journey of life. Some of you may be excited and ready to get started on this new chapter of life.