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)

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


8350 N. Tamiami Trail, C107 Sarasota, FL