Unlike a traditional job fair where seekers are paraded past a multitude of employers, barely having time to do more than hand in their resume and shake hands with the Human Resources person at the booth, Working Wednesdays gives SPC students time to get to know the business they are applying with. This more intimate approach gives applicants more information, and the chance to decide whether the job is right for them. Two of last Wednesday’s employers brought SPC students in their employ to talk about their experiences on the job.
Sean Michael Dauria, a business administration major at St. Petersburg College, talked to students about his experiences in the management training program at Wendy’s. St. Petersburg College had partnered with Wendy’s giving students like Sean a fast track to store and general manager positions at their restaurants. Mr. Dauria told this reporter that he felt his training at Wendy’s complimented his studies in the business administration program, and that he hopes to advance to a regional management position within the company.
At the Anona United Methodist 360° program table, St. Petersburg College graduate and former President of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Hugh Adcock was there to tell students about opportunities to serve their community as a volunteer in the program. St. Petersburg College partnered with the 360° program in April of this year, it provides tutoring services to Ridgecrest Elementary School, refurbishes old laptops for students, and runs a summer reading program at the school. Volunteers with the 360° program often work alongside Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID), the third employer at last week’s Working Wednesday.
AVID provides tutoring in 42 Pinellas county schools, and offered St. Petersburg College students a chance to earn money while helping kids. AVID works with public school students in the middle level of achievement who want to attend college. These students are often the first members of their family to attend college. According Bryan Morrison, SPC students are excellent candidates as many are graduates of the AVID program, and have an easier time relating to public school students.
Working Wednesdays returns to Seminole campus on September 10th from noon until 2 PM in the UP lobby with a new set of employers.