By Jocelyn Reyes, Sept. 27, 2022
After a three-year hiatus, the Fall Career Fair was back in the University Quad on Sept. 22, where students had opportunities to find employment, internships and mentors.
Nearly 130 companies and vendors participated in this event that had over hundreds of students attending. students going home with new careers, connections and advice for companies such as Target, LAPD, Balboa Bay Club and many more.
“Connecting as many employers and students with each other allows for our students to be able to speak with them on internships and interviews,” said LaKashia Torrence, employer engagement and events specialist. “Employers can connect with students by telling them how to dress for interview, what their company is looking for in students, as well as getting students to connect with them as much as possible.”
The career center is where students can find the resources such as building up their confidence, resume review, cover letter help, career exploration and interviewing tips.
“Being able to engage with employers and recruiters early is very critical and it will help students land that job,” said Tracee Passeggi, director of the Career Center. “That’s the value of a degree, we want to get that job. You know what if they (students) don’t feel comfortable that’s OK, we can offer students the opportunity to come in and build that confidence.”
Many students were dressed to impress to get a job or interview. Many tables were welcoming students by having souvenirs, games and activities.
“It’s important to head out there and get exposure, speaking to that one person to see what I need to do in order to get to their position or what’s the next step I should be taking,” said Paloma Alvarez, biology student.
There was a variety of companies such as engineering, psychology, business, law enforcement and many more. The Drug Enforcement Administration, was to educate students as to what they need to do in order to get themselves prepared for a career.
Special Agent Victor Oscar, who is a recruiter for the DEA, being first-generation, had some words to say to students.
“Find a career you’re passionate about and don’t do it for the money or glory. Do it because of your passion for it,” said Oscar. “When you get to that career and job it doesn’t feel like a job or career, it feels like an adventure. And if you’re having fun and enjoy what you do, you’re going to love it and you’re going to want to do it.”
Feature image by Jocelyn Reyes
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