By Natalia Achucarro
The Career Fair invited Cal Poly Pomona students to suit up and come and learn about the work environment, available job opportunities and to ask questions.
The Career Fair took place April 23 at the University Quad and was hosted by the Career Center.
The event consisted of booths and tents that were set up in preparation for the students. Within these booths there were information packets, handouts and even some free merchandise such as sunglasses or pens.
The booths also consisted of representatives who were willing to answer any questions or offer any advice. They informed students of their companies, their positions within those companies as well as any availability for those interested in working.
Many who attended were dressed in formal attire in order to show a good first impression. Students walked around, asked questions and searched for a booth that would interest them. Even though some students already knew what they would want to pursue in the future, this Career Fair helped them find opportunities that would help them get there.
Rudy Yvarra, a fourth-year computer information systems student, attended the event with a predetermined idea of what he wanted but still gathered important information from the fair.
“I already knew what job I would want to have before,” said Yvarra. “And I found three [job opportunities] here already.”
A reason why some students attended the Career Fair was because of the economy. Some that attended were concerned with the uncertainty of tuition prices, the poor economy and the lack of jobs that are available in the outside world. They came to the event in hopes to find an opportunity that would help ease those concerns.
Suwon Bui, a second-year manufacturing engineering student, shared her motive on attending the Career Fair as well as comments regarding the economy.
“I am going to graduate in 2014, and I think this is a good time for me to go and try to have an internship right now,” said Bui. “The economy is going down right now and it’s very hard to get a job without already having an internship.”
Numerous students appeared at the fair because of a need of an income to help pay for tuition.
Eric Vuozzo, a first-year business administration student, attended the event in hopes to find experience and a job.
“I got an email regarding the career fair and thought it would be helpful to come check it out,” said Vuozzo. “College is expensive and I need to get a job to help pay for it. My parents require me to help pay for tuition fees. I was happy because I found a couple potential jobs for me.”
By having so many different booths and attracting so many different types of students, the Career Fair managed to bring many people together. Some formed contacts that could help them in the future while others got to know more students interested in the same career options as themselves.
Noah Trinidad, a first-year communication student, initially went to the Career Fair in an attempt to get some questions answered. However, he was surprised to find so many new faces that had similar aspirations in the working field as him.
“There were a lot of helpful people,” said Trinidad. “I had a lot of questions about how to apply for internships, and I would just ask and they would help me. It was awesome to walk around and see so many people interested in similar positions like me. I met a lot of helpful people that I might be working with someday. It’s better to get experience sooner rather than later.”
Natalie Diaz/The Poly Post
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