The college experience can be a struggle when you’re not financially sound. With this in mind, countless students and over 30 organizations filled the Harvin Center on Nov. 1 for the Del Mar job fair. Free items and fun activities were available at the tables to bring students in and give them a reminder of the booths they visited.
“I wanted to go to the job fair because, well, I recently moved into an apartment and there are bills to pay,” said student Jacqueline Gober. “Having a job teaches you responsibilities and basic skills. It gets you established financially.“
For many businesses and organizations, college students are the perfect candidates because they’re a fresh canvas and can learn and master a job while working.
“We want young college kids that can grow, that we can help grow and give experience,” said Lyia Calderon, HR associate for the Texas State Aquarium. “Since we have entry-level positions, it’s a good way to get their foot in the door.”
While in college, a job fair can help a student find an occupation fit for their major ahead of time.
“It was really helpful. I want to go into teaching and I wanted to find a job to ease me into that environment. I actually found one with the Head Start program,” student Serena Shoffield said.
West Campus also held a job fair on Nov. 2, with about a dozen booths set up offering another assortment of employment opportunities.
“I’m looking for a job that’s going to be in oilfield technology and processing technology,” said Julio Wilmot, who attended the job fair at both campuses.
For students who missed the job fairs, there are resources that Del Mar offers to help students gain employment. The Career Development kiosk downstairs in the Harvin Center posts jobs regularly and can be contacted for employment opportunities.