Job fair extends opportunities for many

Mark Young

Whether looking to begin their careers or simply to gain experience while still in college, Del Mar students didn’t have to look far to check out their options. More than 50 employers attended the college’s recent career fairs.

The career fairs, which brought about two dozen employers to East Campus on April 4 and to West Campus the following day, had employers ranging from Sam’s Club to the Coast Guard.

Pearl Rodriguez, a nursing major, said she was looking for extra work at some of the healthcare-related jobs including hospice.

“I already work in my field, but I’m looking for extra experience,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez noted that the variety of jobs at the event came in handy and said it helped her get the name of some possible future employers.

Coordinated by the DMC Career Development Center, the event offered a variety of job opportunities for anything from service jobs to armed services and even volunteer work.

Amanda Sullens, a member of the Coast Guard, was at the career fair helping recruit and give info about the Coast Guard program.

“We are trying to diversify our membership to include a bigger number of minorities and women,” said Sullens, who also talked about the numerous scholarships that Del Mar students can get if they choose to join.

Rad Lil Nguyen, an international nursing student at Del Mar, said “she was looking for volunteer opportunities” and that she enjoyed the variety of organizations at the fair.

Career Counselor Fernando Garza said that while employers fill several positions at the career fairs, the real benefit is to students.

“Our main focus is helping people start their career from Del Mar and to make sure they are prepared,” Garza said.

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