The last day to take advantage of Career Chats in the Career Cubes or Career Express for spring 2024 will be Thursday, April 25. Virtual or in-person appointments will continue through the summer.

Meet the Team – Sarasota-Manatee

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As the University of South Florida’s central Career Services office, we are the catalyst for excellence and innovation in career readiness and industry engagement. Our team inspires USF Bulls to take an active role in their career development by leveraging engaging programs, meaningful experiences, and comprehensive services, which are provided in partnership with employers, faculty, staff, and the global community. We support the university’s mission of delivering a world-class educational experience to promote the success of our talented and diverse USF Bulls.

We strive to empower USF Bulls to discover and develop talents as they navigate through their academic, professional, and lifelong career journey.

We value:

  • COMMUNITY – We create safe, equitable, and inclusive environments.
  • EXCELLENCE – We lead by providing innovative and high-quality programs, services, and resources.
  • INTEGRITY – We practice and promote honesty, responsibility, and accountability.
  • SERVICE – We empower our stakeholders with impartial information and opportunities.
  • WELL-BEING – We embrace a holistic approach to health for ourselves and those we serve.

Antonia Ripo

Coordinator of Career Services

My Career Journey

I was searching for a suitable career by working in different jobs such as real estate, construction and hospitality, while also taking different courses in accounting, IT, and psychology.  This wasn’t the most expedient or cost effective way of finding a career. Finally, I visited a career center and followed the process of assessment for self-knowledge, research for occupational knowledge, and career shadowing to experience a “day-in-the-life”.  While using the resources in the career center at USF, I realized I liked reading occupational information and could visualize myself working in a center.

Since then, I’ve had a seamless and progressive career starting as the School-to-Work Specialist at Riverview High School, Career Advisor at Manatee Community College, and Coordinator of Career Services at the University of South Florida, Sarasota Campus.  As an employee of a small department and small campus, I wear multiple hats. This has given me the opportunity to represent USF and the Center for Career & Professional Development in the community as well as contribute to or lead the work of several committees’ on- and off-campus campus. I believe and hope everyone finds a career that brings satisfaction and enjoyment.

My Educational Journey

BS Psychology
University of South Florida

MA Adult Education
University of South Florida

Certifications in SHRM CP, DEI, Quality Matters, and MBTI

My Personality

Top 5 Strengths
Harmony, Responsibility, Relator, Significance, Ideation

Top 3 Holland Interest Codes (RIASEC)
Realistic, Social, Conventional

Myers-Briggs Type (MBTI)
ISTP

Outside of the Office

My Hometown
Sayville, NY

My Favorite Things
I encourage students to travel. I have visited four islands off the north American coast, 17 US states and 14 countries.  You can explore beautiful sites, eat delicious meals, make new friends and learn about their culture.

My Favorite Quote
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States

Contact

Phone Number
941-359-4703
Location
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, C107 Sarasota, FL
LinkedIn
@tonicareer