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News from Career Services – Internships

In order to help gain work experience in the US, we have been able to offer internships to some of our international students.

In January, Prashanth Ramaswamy interned at Interface Systems Inc. in Clearwater. Daniel McCrady,  HR Manager at Interface Systems Inc. is a Schiller graduate. Prashanth learned the ins and outs of IT Consulting from a management point of view, aided in research in various legal and B2B service matters and among other things helped with the day to day tasks of running a small business office. Despite the fact that Prashanth had to depend on public transportation to get to work, rain or shine, he never missed a day of work and arrived early every workday which made a great impression on Mr. McCrady.

Seyf-Eddine Biya interned at The Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa in March and April. Schiller graduate Yana Shtrak is their Front Desk Lead Supervisor, which marks her second promotion since starting at the hotel in September of 2015. Seyf worked in all departments from housekeeping up to management. General Manger, Crystal Rivera said that Seyf “exceeded the expectations” and that he “made an amazing impression” and “will be an asset to any organization he works for.” Seyf enjoyed his time at The Bay Harbor Hotel that he stayed for twice as long as was expected!

Temitope Adesanya is photographed at the desk when she interned in April and May at The Belleair Country Club where Schiller Graduate Edward Shaughnessy is the COO and General Manager.  Schiller graduate Nora Yordanova who is the country club’s Director of Member Services, is pictured with Career Services Advisor Gloria Moranski. Beverage Manager Slavi Kratchanov is also a Schiller graduate! Temitope worked in the golf department including the merchandise center, the pool, tennis, pickleball, croquet and food and beverage areas.  Temitope said that the highlight of her internship was working in every department and “Learning a bit of everything and seeing how the operation is run daily. It was an amazing experience for me.”

Thank you to our Schiller graduates and local leaders in the hospitality industry who have paired with us to open this door of opportunity for our students.

    

Tampa Bay Region Ranks Second in Job Growth; First in Job Demand

When it comes to adding jobs, the Tampa Bay area is out front, ranking second in the state for job growth year-over-year.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater region added 42,800 new private-sector jobs in March 2016 compared to the same period a year ago. The result was a decrease in the area’s unemployment rate to 4.3 percent, according to the state office of economic development. The industries that showed the best job growth were in the professional and business services with 12,400 positions followed by education and health services with 11,000 new jobs.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA was first among state metro areas in job demand in March with 47,790 job openings and led the way in demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) positions, with 14,950 openings in March. All 24 metro areas in Florida had year-over-year jobs gains in March 2016. Orlando-Kissimee-Sanford led the growth story with 49,000 jobs; a 4.3 percent gain. The Tampa region was second; up 3.4 percent as was third-ranked Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach with 27,300 jobs.

The state and regional jobs statistics coincided with the announcement by a local manufacturer that said it is expanding its headquarters in Tampa in a move that is expected to add 70 new jobs by 2019.

Beneficial Blends, LLC, which makes, co-packs and distributes organic coconut oil products will be expanding its headquarters at 5505 Johns Road to an additional 24,000 square-foot facility at 5132 Tampa West Boulevard, a few miles north of Tampa International Airport. The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. assisted the company in getting workforce screening and recruiting services. The new jobs will includes those in sales, marketing, accounting and quality control as well as in production and warehouse facilities.

Overall, the number of jobs in Florida was 8,248,800 in March, up 234,300 compared to a year ago. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in March 2016, down from 5.6 percent a year ago. That compares with the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 5.0 percent in March.

The unemployment rate for Hillsborough and Pinellas counties each stood at 4.2 percent while the unemployment rates for Pasco, Polk and Sarasota were 5.0 percent, 5.2 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. The rates for Hernando and Manatee counties were 5.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

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Announcing a Great New Opportunity for our students and graduates!

Schiller International University is pleased to announce our first partnership with one of the local employment agencies – Heideljobs.de, specialized towards jobs for SAP and over 300 small and big of their co-operant in the Rhine-Neckar area.

Their focus is on international graduates with Business, Sales, IT, Consulting, and trainee programs affinities. This collaboration aims towards internships, career paths and academic cooperation between SIU and HDJ. We encourage all our current students and recent graduates to apply for their jobs and internships through their website http://heideljobs.de/

Reasons to earn a college degree:

As you look around you, initially you may get the feeling that a university education is a thing of the past. You´re bombarded by images of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Rachel Ray, and Richard Branson among others. The reality is that these are outliers, they are the minority, and as such they receive all the attention. Paradoxically, in order to work for them you are probably going to be asked for a college education. If you are unsure a college degree is for you, here are some compelling reasons from SIU´s Madrid Undergraduate Advisor, José Pinto. ### Four reasons to earn a college degree: 1. **You will have more and better job opportunities:** According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, of the 2.9 million ‘good jobs’ with salaries starting at $ 53,000 per year plus benefits, offered in the US since 2010, 97% of these were given to college graduates. 2. **Earn more:** The average income differential continues to increase between those with a college degree and those without one. Despite the large increase in the number of graduates between 1980 and 2013, the differential in the US increased from 33% to 62%. 3. **You’ll adapt better:** The only certainty is that the future will require lifelong learning throughout your working life. There is nothing better for the advent of the learning society, than the experience and discipline provided by a university framework. 4. **You’ll live longer:** There are several studies that confirm a correlation between level of education and life expectancy. A higher level of education is associated with better habits and even a longer life expectancy. Companies today need to hire people who can hit the ground running and start contributing from day 1, a good college education will allow you to do that and more.