Programs prepare students for careers

By Tabitha Carranza

Although the Prep for Career Fair is meant to prepare students for the Career Fair, it also gives students an advantage.

The event was held on Thursday at the Bronco Student Center and welcomed students looking for information on what to expect at the Career Fair.

Students also got a head start on employment opportunities before the fair.

Fourth-year hospitality student Ralph Carrera was surprised to learn the Target representatives who spoke at the workshop were also recruiting students for potential employment at the company. “It was nice to know that they were recruiting as well,” he said.

“It was a nice opportunity for someone that potentially wanted to work for the company.”

Kristen Bathan, senior recruiter for Target, led the presentation, titled “Setting You Up for Success.”

The workshop aimed to help students prepare for the Career Fair by covering topics such as how to build a strong resume and how to prepare for an interview.

Bathan expressed her excitement to speak to the students and to scout for potential Target workers on campus.

“I’m looking forward to connecting with the students,” she said. “We’re hoping the students are able to get a ton out of [the presentation], and also we’re hoping to bring some interest to people to come to Target to start their careers.”

After the presentation, students were able to ask questions to further prepare to meet with possible employers at the Career Fair.

One student even brought her resume and gave it to Bathan after the workshop concluded.

With the Prep for Career Fair workshop, students didn’t have to wait for the following event to get a start on networking.

They were able to meet with the speakers who presented about career opportunities without waiting in a long line.

There are different speakers from different companies each year for the event who offer varying positions for students.

For Target, they look for students from all majors, stated Bathan.

The Career Center gives the speaker control of the presentation.

The company representatives create the PowerPoint for the Prep for Career Fair workshop.

Director of the Career Center Tom Munnerlyn believes that this is why students should attend the event.

“It gives students this opportunity, along with going to the Spring Career Fair, a really face-to-face perspective,” he said. “It really gives the student that advantage. It gives you that starting point.”

The Prep for Career Fair workshop is held every spring and fall quarter and usually a week before the Career Fair.

Students who couldn’t attend the presentation are still encouraged to attend other workshops hosted by the Career Center, stated Munnerlyn.

“This gives the student from the employer perspective” of what to look for when they’re coming to these type of events,” he said.

The free workshop was open to all students and alumni.

Unlike the Career Fair, it is a casual event that students don’t need to sign up for.

Students who weren’t able to attend the workshop also have the opportunity to view the whole presentation online at http://www.cpp. edu/~career/.

Target employees guide and recruit students for future careers.

Tabitha Carranza / The Poly Post

Target employees guide and recruit students for future careers.

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