Colleges Tours

The Career Development Center at SSC has proudly hosted College Tours to various local universities including the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, and Stetson University. The College Tours allow for SSC students who are considering transferring to learn about their options and get an interactive tour of the campus and learn information about the admission process, financial aid, student life, class sizes and more! If you are hesitant on attending one of these tours here are some things you should know.

1.) There are no cost associated to the tour, it is completely FREE

2.) Transportation is provided

3.) And lastly…LUNCH IS FREE!!

If you still are not convinced, just listen to the experience that a past SSC student had when they attended the College Tours.

Chris Lebida was in his second to last semester at SSC when he attend the Fall 2016 College Tours to Rollins College and University of Central Florida. His desire to be a chemist led him to majoring in Chemistry and wanting to pick a university that not only had a good program, but that also would be a good fit for him. Christopher signed up for the College Tours to UCF and Rollins because he was having trouble deciding between which schools to attend. In an interview with Chris discussing his experience on the tour he said:

“The tour was exactly what I needed to experience. It was stress-free and gave a personal experience of what it would be like to be an actual student there. We all got to hear firsthand from a current student what it was like being either a “Knight” at UCF or a “Tar” at Rollins. “

When asked what the best part of the tour was he said:

“The best part for me by far, was when we actually got to see what a classroom experience was going to be like in both schools. We had the opportunity to actually enter a classroom and see what the real student experience would be like.”

Ultimately Chris would decide to go to Rollins to finish his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. The College Tours helped give him get a realistic student experience and allowed him to see both of his top contender schools and make a more informed and knowledgeable decision that would lead him to going from a Seminole State Raider, to now a Tar at Rollins College.

The Career Development Center hosts College Tour in both the Spring and Fall semesters. If you are interested in attending a tour please feel free to reach out to the Career Development Center Coordinator Rickie Herrera at with any questions regarding this event.


How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions

By: Sam Liberatore, Database Specialist, Career Development Center

During any job interview employers will attempt to gather as much information on candidates as possible. Questions asked during an interview ideally should be about a candidate’s relevant work experience and individual skills. However, applicants should be aware that there are some questions that are inappropriate and/or illegal for employers to ask during an interview. As a job seeker it is extremely important to be able to identify red flags that might indicate you are being treated unfairly during the candidate selection process.

What Are Illegal Interview Questions?
Federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that are not related to the job they are hiring for. These questions are questions that would be related to the following:

  • Age
  • Race, ethnicity, or color
  • Gender or sex
  • Country of national origin or birth place
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Marital or family status or pregnancy

Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

How to respond to illegal job interview questions:
Answering these questions can be difficult. It is important to remember that you don’t have to answer these questions, but if you choose to there may be ways to answer that don’t jeopardize your candidacy for the job.

  • Gracefully avoid the question and steer the conversation elsewhere
  • Keep your answers short, broad and general
  • Redirect a question to your interviewer
  • Ask the interviewer why the question is relevant to your job

Answering questions in this way avoids directly providing an answer to the previously asked illegal job interview question. By responding this way you dodge the question entirely. Applicants should be comfortable were they work though. If questions asked during an interview are already making you uncomfortable you might considering interviewing elsewhere. If you have faced discrimination by a potential employer during a job interview you may considering contacting an attorney who specializes in labor issues, or contact your local Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office.

A New Way to Practice Your Interview Skills

By: Vanessa Przybysz, Work-Study, Career Development Center

Big Interview Screenshot

I recently discovered a helpful website through Seminole State’s Career Development Center called Big Interview. I have never used a job preparation website that was so helpful before. Usually, when going for an important interview I would just anticipate what an employer would ask but now I have those questions, answers and more at my fingertips. Big Interview separates the training into two “tracks” Fast Track and Mastery Track. I found them to be extremely helpful in different ways. The Fast Track was ideal when I wanted a quick refresher or crash course on what to do in an interview. I also appreciated this because as a college student I’m always looking for quick and effective tools. The Mastery Track is also great, it allowed me to really go in depth with my understanding of the interviewing process. Big Interview even has written curriculum if videos aren’t your preferred method of learning.

Once I completed the courses it was time to practice. The practice menu tailors the mock interview choices to categories that fit any need. Their library consists of the following categories: General, By Industry, By Competency, Admissions Interviews, Government, and Veterans. The use of categories and specialized mock interviews was wonderful because it allowed me to narrow down and pin point exactly what I needed to know for the area of work I would be interviewing in.

Under the practice menu there are also other tools such as the Answer Builder and Interview Roulette. S.T.A.R. is a step-by-step tool that allowed me to create communication question answers that could be critical to my interviews. Although it was tough, Big Interview recommended I choose examples of myself at my best, demonstrating skills relevant to the job. The Interview Roulette portion generates random questions an employer may ask me on my interview. On the left, there was the interviewer and on the right, myself. This side-by-side view allowed me to feel as though I was in a real interview and when I finished, the My Videos menu allowed me to view previously recorded material.

To sum up, I think Big Interview is a great Program that has helped me with many aspects of interviewing. The Career Development Center has helped me in many ways by providing many resources and this is definitely one of them. Begin practicing your interview skills today with Big Interview!

My Experience at the Business Etiquette Dinner

By Vanessa Przybysz
Work-Study, Career Development Center 

Etiquette Pic

Spring 2017 is my first semester in college and also my first time having a job. The great people at the Career Development Center hired me as a work-study, and since then I have been presented with some pretty remarkable opportunities. One of them was their Business Etiquette Dinner at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary. Signing up for the event, I really had no idea what to expect. I wanted to gain experience for later on in my career and  life and also wanted to be able to experience an event first-hand. I similarly wanted to gain knowledge about my department and vouch for the event to students in the coming years.

When I arrived at the Westin, I was greeted by the Career Development Center team. They checked students in and gave us name tags with our table numbers on them, and goodies like pens, pads of paper, ID holders, handouts, etc. Then we were guided to the training room.

The training started at 6 PM, and was given to us by Melena Postolowski, the Director of Internships and Employer Relations at Eckerd College. She first reviewed exactly what business etiquette really is and tried to engage the crowd as much as possible. Then, she reviewed the do’s and don’ts of dining and gave us an activity sheet to see how much we already knew about the placement of the table setting. To my surprise, I knew quite a few of items. Once that activity was over we were escorted to the dining room.

The dining room had around 10 different tables, each labeled with a specific number and the name of the host. I sat at table number one along with around 8 other students all in similar majors to mine. Our table host was Adrienne Fuller, a Speech Language Pathologist with SpeechBuilders, LLC. She engaged with each person individually, she asked us about our majors and could always relate it back to her own work. If anyone had questions she was always able to answer them with a clear and concise answer. And of course, it was nice that the servers presented us with a four-course meal.

Once we were finished eating, we were told that if we were leaving to excuse ourselves and thank the host. When I left, Mrs. Fuller shook my hand and gave me a business card. That’s when she told me about the hands-on internship opportunities there are at SpeechBuilders and I am considering contacting her in the future.

Overall, it was a really great night. I got to gain experience about business etiquette, as well as network and enjoy some really good food. I will be recommending this to other students in the future and hope to be able to do it again.




Missed out on the Job Shadow Program this semester? Here’s an alternative!

By Brittany Shivers
Career Development Coordinator, Heathrow Campus


The Career Development Center proudly provides an opportunity for Seminole State students to participate in a job shadow opportunity each semester, however, we also recognize that the dates do not always work for all of our students. If you have ever been interested in participating but have not been able to make the timing work, we have a great alternative for you! It is called informational interviewing.

While job shadowing is usually at least a full day to a week, an informational interview is typically an hour or less. There are many benefits to informational interviews, including exploring a new career field, getting an up-close look at a specific company, and getting the perspective of employees that actually work in the field. These types of interviews can also help you discover what skills and experiences are important when it comes to being successful in your chosen field. If you are not sure where to start, please see the steps below!

Step 1: Identify the company/person you want to interview

Once you identify the field you would like to shadow, brainstorm a list of job titles within that field and begin to look for opportunities in your community. Some great sources to look to for potential referrals include family, friends, professional organizations for that field, LinkedIn, or a Career Development Center staff member.

Step 2: Set up the interview

When you have identified the person you would like to contact, reach out to them by phone or email. Begin the conversation by introducing yourself as a Seminole State student and explain to them why you are interested in their field. Be sure to share with them how you found out about their organization, whether it be through a person or through your own online research.

Step 3: Do your homework

Preparing for the interview in advance is the best way to make a great first impression. Make sure to do your research so that you are not asking questions whose answers could easily be found online. You should also come in with a list of questions prepared. For ideas on specific questions to ask. Here are some ideas: Questions to Ask at the Informational Interview.

Step 4: Conducting the interview

The first step to making a great impression is to dress professionally. If you have a suit, that is the best option. Visit our website for more details on what constitutes professional business attire. In addition, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the location so that you do not appear rushed when you walk in. Bring in your list of questions along with a pen and paper to write down the valuable information the employer will share with you. Finally, ensure that your interview follows the schedule you predetermined with the employer. At the end of the interview, be sure to thank the employer for their time.

Step 5: After the interview

As soon as you can upon arriving home, write out a thank you note (preferred) or email and send it immediately. Be sure to personalize the thank you with something that really stood out to you from the interview. Keep a list of the people you spoke to at the company along with notes about the information they shared for future reference.
If you would like more information or assistance with setting up an informational interview, please visit Career Link to set up an appointment with the Career Development Center representative at your campus. We are here to assist you!

Employer Spotlight: Marc-Michaels Interior Design

Marc-Michaels Interior Design LogoMarc-Michaels Interior Design Inc. is recognized worldwide as a full-service interior design firm. With an active private residential practice, Marc-Michaels’ design teams have access to a wide range of high-end design trends and ideas. The full-service firm, headquartered in Winter Park, Florida, also provides luxury tower, model home merchandising and commercial design services.  The firm’s diverse portfolio has been featured in numerous publications, and has garnered over 400 national and regional design awards. Architectural Digest has named Marc-Michaels to their prestigious list of the “Top 100 Designers in the World,” and has featured the firm’s work in numerous issues. Interior Design Magazine has consistently ranked Marc-Michaels as one of the largest interior design firms in the nation in their Design Giants Survey.  Thank you to Marc-Michaels for supporting the career development process at Seminole State College. Learn more about Marc-Michaels Interior Design here.