Job Fair 2019
Job Fair 2019
Job fair offers opportunities for summer, career goals
The second annual Center for Career Services Job Fair held on May 2 consisted of a heavy stream of students filing into the conference room looking for job opportunities. The event offered them time to speak with representatives of a variety of employers in different fields to help them find a summer job, or an opportunity for long-term employment.
This year, Garrett Jennings, Work Based Learning Coordinator, said The number of vendors at the fair increased to almost 30, up from about 20 in the previous year, Garrett Jennings, Work Based Learning Coordinator, said
“It’s a great opportunity for students to have a face-to-face with someone,” Mr. Jennings said.
He said there were companies that were at the fair that students may not have considered would be helpful in their chosen field of study, Mr. Jennings said.
For example, paint company Sherwin Williams had representatives there, happy to talk with students in the Auto Body & Collision classes. When people think of the company, they might not realize they have an auto paint division.
“My goal is to connect students with local companies, companies that will hire them, connect them to companies that will train them,” Mr. Jennings said.
This year the career fair also included recruiters from both the Army National Guard and the U.S. Marines. There were also several colleges on hand for those students looking to continue their education.
“It’s awesome,” Mr. Jennings said of the turnout among the vendors.
Among them was A Better Wash on Wheels, a mobile car washing company looking to hire. They had set up outside so students could actually see the work they do.
Veronica Molina, Human Resources Manager with Summit Security Services, was at the fair for the first time. Her company hires security guards, and she spoke with students about what the business does and what jobs were available.
“I think it’s important, especially as students, they don’t always know what they want to do,” Ms. Molina said of hosting a job fair.
Having a job in security, Ms. Molina said, is a common first step for those looking to one day get into law enforcement.
Diane DaCosta, owner of SimpleeBeautiful was also at the fair for the first time, however, she has worked with Careers students who have interned for her. She even went on to hire one of the interns as a full-time worker.
“She was really good and motivated to be in cosmetology,” she said.
Ms. DaCosta said the fair was a great way to meet and talk with students and a better way to get to know them than simply having them fill out a sheet of paper and telling them to call you. Meeting a student in person, she said, better helped her to see how motivated they truly were.
“You can interact with them one-on-one, which is the key,” Ms. DaCosta said.
While at the table she said she had spoken with one Cosmetology student who was interested in becoming a barber. She was able to refer them to a barber school.
“Your passion evolves and develops,” Ms. DaCosta said, which is an important lesson for students to learn as well.
Cosmetology student Danae Hardy, a junior at New Rochelle High School, said she spoke with Ms. DaCosta and learned more about the business.
“I think it was a good conversation,” Danae said. “Especially because I really want to learn more about textured hair.”
Animal Science student Toly Howard, a senior at Rye High School, said he stopped by the job fair to see what was available. Right now, he said, he has five summer jobs but wanted to talk to some of the representatives at the fair to see if there was a more career-orientated job available.
“It got my eyes open for what kinds of jobs are out there,” Toly said.
“It’s a good experience,” Alex Ortiz, a Fashion Design and Merchandising student said of visiting the job fair.