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The Career Cafe Pinellas / Anne Bauer

A professional development event for young women will be held at the USF St. Petersburg Student Center Ballroom this Saturday.

courtesy Paul Spector

(This report originally aired April 12, 2016, and is reairing June 7, 2016.)

In the 1980s, one bestselling book advised people to "do what you love, the money will follow."

Others believe in the adage "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life."

While neither of those concepts can probably never really be proven correct or not, a pair of University of South Florida psychologists are taking on a similar idea: if a person has a a calling, a form of work someone finds fulfilling, what happens if they pursue it - and what happens if they don't?

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Separated by only two miles, Ferrell Middle Magnet School and Franklin Middle Magnet School have a lot in common.

Both East Tampa preparatory academies formed three years ago. Both are Title One schools, receiving federal funds while serving mixed student bodies of various races and economic backgrounds, with two-thirds to three-quarters of the pupils receiving free or reduced cost lunches.

And both single-sex schools are posting tremendous improvement in student performance: all-boys Franklin saw their school wide FCAT grade jump from a D in 2012 to a B in 2013; all-girls Ferrell went from a C to an A.

Representatives of USF Health are trying to help those schools sustain their success—and show the students possible future paths—through a series of recent career days.

The Hillsborough Sheriff's Department is recruiting 200 women into its force. Right now, only 19%  of field positions are filled by women.

This campaign to attract more women officers comes as more women are graduating with criminology degrees.

Detective Andrea Davis said women are vital to the force. They're especially valuable in cases involving violence against women and in certain undercover situations.

She said for some women, the idea of becoming an officer doesn't cross their minds.