Career Center hosts Fall Career Fair

By Chloe Saunders

Hundreds of students attended the Career Center’s Fall Career Fair, which featured employers from over one hundred companies to give students a glimpse into their future career fields.

The Fall Career Fair was held on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Quad. An Engineering and High-Tech Career Fair also took place on Friday.

Thursday’s career fair was open to all majors and featured 103 employers, while day two hosted 145 employers for engineering and technology students.

Cal Poly Pomona students were able to connect with recruiters to look for both part-time and full-time jobs, internships, co-ops, volunteer opportunities and graduate school opportunities.

“It is easier to train students since they don’t have higher experience, making them more trainable,” stated Christine Duan, a senior tax auditor for the California State Board of Education.

Employers included Ultimate Software, Target, the Los Angeles Police Department, Amazon, Allstate, Living Spaces and even NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

One of the most popular booths at the career fair was the National Security Association, which accumulated lines 20 people long.

The event coordinator for the career center, Diana Ramirez, recalled some of the reactions of some of the employers after the event.

“They were impressed by the quality of students coming through, almost as if they could have been interviewed on the spot,” said Ramirez.

To better allow students to find their perfect career match, the quad was divided into sections: agriculture, engineering, science and technology, environmental design and hospitality and business.

While searching for IT career opportunities, Christian Robledo, a fourth-year business student, said he saw a lot more job opportunities than he thought, one company even refreshing its job openings every eight days.

Students were also offered free bags and water bottles from some companies, while others held games where students could win prizes.

Throughout the year, CPP’s Career Center offers many opportunities for students to be successful in their future job endeavors.

Students can go to the Career Center for counseling on major decisions regarding their futures or for help in finding jobs on campus.

The center aids students with upcoming employment opportunities by conducting mock interviews with career counselors or by advising students on how their resumes should be laid out for their desired job.

Students can also explore the Career Center’s Clothes Closet for free business attire, donated to aid students’ preparations for upcoming interviews.

The Career Center holds regular workshops and info sessions with different companies, such as the Union Pacific Railroad and the Peace Corps, to help students know what they could possibly do with their degree after graduation.

Over the next school year, the Career Center will be holding many more events, including a Graduate and Professional School Fair on Nov. 8, a Hospitality Career Expo on Feb.16, a Teacher Education Job Fair on Feb. 23, a Spring Resumaniac event on April 18 for all majors, a Spring Resumaniac on April 19 for engineering majors and a final Spring Career Fair on April 27.

Fall Career Fair

Chloe Saunders / The Poly Post

Fall Career Fair

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