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Career Day provides opportunity for students

Anastasia Metlenko prepares to speak to perspective employers for herself and her brother. Jeff Rawlinson | [email protected]

City College held its 41st annual Career Day on April 18, featuring a wide range of professionals, including the Sacramento Police Department, radio station 107.9 The End and the Grassroots Campaign.

City College counselor Derrick Wydick stressed the importance of Career Day for students who are seeking work.

“[Students can] talk to as many people as possible and learn about their stuff,” said Wydick. “They can build connections and network.”

Wydick also explained that many of the participants at Career Day offer information on internships.

“Internships are more valuable than choosing a job that isn’t what you want [because they can help you build connections with people in your field of interest],” said Wydick.

Criminal justice major, John Ritchey, 20, said that the event was held on a perfect day and that if it had been raining, “It’d be another story.”

Event organizer Terry Hodge said the 80-degree weather was definitely one factor that helped make this year’s event a success. She said her planning for the event started in February and that Career Day is traditionally in the spring.

At the event, Marybeth Buechner, dean of the Planning, Research & Institutional Effectiveness office, outlined the importance of Career Day by providing a data chart from the fall 2011 semester, which showed the following:  31.2 percent of City College students were unemployed and actively seeking work; 10.3 percent were working full time; and 21.9 percent of students were working part time.

In comparison, the fall 2007 semester showed 15.6 percent of students were unemployed and seeking work while 20.2 percent were working full time, and 29.1 percent of students were working part time, according to the chart.
Ritchey said he only had one problem with the event, and that was the lack of advertisement. He said he didn’t hear anything about it until a week before the actual event when he saw a flier for it on the job postings board.

Another criminal justice major, Darnell White, 25, agreed with Ritchey.

“[Though the event] had an abundance of different careers, the organizers should try and promote the event more in advance for the students,” said White.

Wydick also had some advice for students who are having a hard time finding work.

“If you are taking a class and you love it, meet the teacher and ask for suggestions on work experience, work opportunities and internships that could potentially open doors for you,” said Wydick. “Find out what turns you on and figure out how to make a living from it.”

Students that were unable to attend can still contact some of the organizations that were involved in the event. Contact information for these employers is available below.

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