Representatives from PFF Bank and Trust, Target and GMC insurance, discussed job opportunities with University of La Verne students at the Career Fair last week. Laura Cachu, an assistant financial center manager in the new Washington Mutual Bank branch on Foothill Boulevard in La Verne, informed sophomores Erica Hill and Tawny Oei of the opportunities available there for students. Students can appreciate that Washington Mutual does not require tellers to have previous experience.
Neither rain nor hail was able to dampen this year’s Career Fair, which took place last week in the Franz Athletic Court at the University of La Verne. Although there was no sunny background for the fair, students and faculty members were pleased with the set-up in the newly renovated gym.
“It was a great fair and the new gym provided a good setting for us,” said Jesse Lopez, senior business administration and office manager for Career Services.
Students were able to interact with more than 20 employers and graduate programs, which included the newly ABA-accredited University of La Verne College of Law, Enterprise Company and Vector Marking.
“I expected more companies to show up, but overall it was good,” said senior accounting major Fadi Abou Alfa. “It was set up very nicely.”
Employers at the fair were pleased with the more than 200 students who attended the fair.
“The students were actually really good,” said Dylan Uribe, assistant manager for Vector Marketing West. “It really started to pick up around noon to 1 p.m.”
The fair was originally scheduled to be held at Sneaky Park. Knowing the possibility of rain on Tuesday, Career Services, with the help of Campus Activities Board, scrambled to find a suitable place to hold the event.
E-mails were sent out the day before and posters were placed around campus.
“Because of the rain, we did an excellent job advertising,” said Mario Rodriguez, senior international business major and employer specialist for Career Services. “I think it was a real success being the last minute change.”
Career Services, whose office is located in the Student Resource Center, were pleased at the showing of students due to the last minute circumstances.
“Even though we did not expect it was going to rain, we had enough resources to pull off a really good fair,” said Gabby Vaquera, sophomore psychology major.
This was the first career fair in five years that did not feature former Associate Dean of Career Services Laura Kiralla and former Assistant Director Paula Verdugo, who were both beloved by students both in Career Services and on campus. Career Services felt their absence from this year’s event, but it gave them the fuel to continue on.
“I think both of them being very good at career fairs really made us step it up,” Rodriguez said.
The Office of Career Services offers aid and advice to students and alumni with several resources pertaining to jobs, career placements, graduate programs and many other career-related fields.
Career Services office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jonathan Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.