Career Fair highlights variety of jobs, internships

Kelli Makenna Kuttruff
Arts Editor

Students at the University of La Verne had the chance to kick off their career search by connecting with future employers at the Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday in Sneaky Park.

Current students and alumni from all majors were welcomed to this event hosted by the career center. Representatives from 26 employers looking for students to potentially fill internships and jobs were on hand for the event. 

Among them were Caltrans, the city of Pasadena, Enterprise Mobility, Tri-City Mental Health Service, and many more. 

The sun was shining on over 200 students littered across the grass at various booths. Hopeful conversations could be heard from students making meaningful connections and learning about what opportunities lie beyond the classroom. 

Each student received a card at the check-in table that allowed them to get a free lunch at the Wings n Waffles food truck once three recruiters checked off their card. 

Career center director Amanda Miller worked alongside Melissa Moss, academic and employer experiences manager, and Lorie Vazquez Ramiro, student support coordinator, for about five months to coordinate this event. 

One of the largest considerations they had in preparing was ensuring that the employers chosen had full-time job opportunities beyond summer available. 

“We make sure that these positions will set students up for a career,” Miller said. 

Miller said she believes that ULV’s career and internship fair has something for everyone, regardless of class standing. 

“This really exposes students to what they’ve got to look forward to,” Miller said. “It’s an opportunity for students to practice their elevator pitch, networking, being able to connect with different people (and it) just exposes students to different types of companies.”

One of the companies that was represented at the fair was Tri-City Mental Health, which works as county behavioral health services for Pomona, La Verne and Claremont. 

Workforce Education and Training Supervisor Amanda Colt was at the fair to tell students about the wide array of positions from entry-level to graduate level available to apply to. 

She said that it is important for students to learn about different career options regardless of the field, because there might be opportunities within them that they never would have known about.

“When it comes to careers, it’s important to know what’s out there and know your options,” Colt said. “Talking to everybody is really important… and maybe mental health isn’t your chosen career path, but there might be something that you can do within it. Just be open and aware when looking for what’s out there.”

Senior psychology major, Brianna Amaya, attended this fair to learn about different places that are hiring as she will soon be looking to begin her career. She described this fair as informative and diverse, and believes that ULV provides their students with great opportunities to be prepared for their future careers. 

“If you can make it to at least one of these events, it will really help if you think you’re stuck somewhere… it really has for me,” Amaya said. “I spent a couple of years stuck like, ‘I don’t know where to go’, but coming to these events has opened up so many doors for me.”

This event also appealed to graduate students such as Eric Ma, who is pursuing his master’s in leadership and management. He said that this career fair was a unique atmosphere since it was more relaxed than other job application methods. 

“Finding a job is hard, so taking more opportunities is never bad,” Ma said. 

He said that the career center at ULV has helped him in his job search with resume and cover letter services, and he said that anyone who is looking to get a job should take advantage of their support. 

Even after graduation, students continue to have access to ULV career services and are always welcome to attend events such as this one. 

“We are there to really just help and guide students, even as alumni,” Miller said. “Students are at different paths in their career, so I would say even if they feel like they know what they are doing, that we are always available to help.”

Kelli Kuttruff can be reached at kelli.kuttruff@laverne.edu.

Kelli Makenna Kuttruff is a senior communications major with an emphasis in public relations. She is the arts editor of the Campus Times, and is in her second semester as a staff writer.

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