CPP Career Center hosts Fall Career Fair

By Alyssa Legaspe

Cal Poly Pomona’s Career Center held its Fall Career Fair on Thursday in the University Quad, giving students the opportunity to network with companies and possibly find future employment.

The event was held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and gave students the chance to speak to an assortment of employers to learn about employment opportunities, how to prepare for the workforce and career paths.

The event transformed the University Quad with over 90 companies including Microsoft, The Boeing Company and AT&T. Students came to gain networking connections and find potential employers.

Certain students came to the career fair with predetermination that the event would aid them to find the opportunities they needed to pursue their future endeavors.

“I’m hoping to find a job, connect with employers, and make contacts that could turn into jobs” said Isis Ong, a CPP student.

Countless attendees arrived in formal attire in order to give a good first impression to promising employers. Students with resume in tow or interest in the jobs they could obtain in the future walked around in search for booths that interested them.

“Our goal is to try to get 20 percent more organizations to attend this year’s fall and Engineering fairs,” said Tom Munnerlyn, Career Center Director. “And also to get more employers to make connections with Cal Poly Pomona students.”

Booths provided students with information packets, brochures and even free merchandise including pens and recyclable bags. Representatives from companies welcomed questions, redily gave advice to students and offered job opportunities to anyone willing to ask and offer their resume.

Students were informed about company industry, positions within the company and the availability of positions.

Whether students were looking for part-time positions, full-time positions, internships or volunteer positions there was a chance to find a connection with a company.

“The fairs are a great way to network with employers,” said Munnerlyn. “Many employers are Cal Poly Pomona alumni. Students can do a face-to-face with employers at the career fairs.”

Providing a variety of vendors in retail, aviation/aerospace, education, social services, environment and much more, the Career Fair achieved a way of attracting students of all backgrounds to a common interest.

Several students formed network connections that could benefit them in the future while others received greater knowledge in their career options. Most students who attended the event hoped to find job opportunities.

“I’m trying to get a job in commuter information systems (CIS),” said Joseph Chou, a CPP student. “By attending events like these you gain contacts and the more people you know the easier it is to find a job.”

Other students found that the experience would benefit them in future interviews.

By attending career fairs participants gain an opportunity to meet face to face with future contacts. Students were able to explore participating employers in advance and got the chance to see what certain companies were looking for in a future employee.

For more information on future events hosted by the Career Center, visit their website online or stop by in person at Building 97.

CPP Career Center hosts Fall Career Fair

Sam Stiles/The Poly Post

CPP Career Center hosts Fall Career Fair

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