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Despite howling wind passing through the City College quad during the annual Career Day, 26 employers from different companies showed great interest in recruiting students April 17 for job positions and internships.

“It’s kind of essential for students to make a career decision, to know what opportunities are out there, know what kind of employers are out there that they can get experience with,” said Tracey Hodge, a student personal assistant of the City College Career Center of Career Day.

Although the event was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., students began to gather around the already-set-up tables before the scheduled start time. Employers ranged from the Sacramento Police Department to the Sacramento Employment Training Agency, Head Start to health services like the American Heart Association, forming a V-shape of tables attracting students beside the City Cafe.

Shirley Dosty, 22, business and nursing major, was one of the early bird students at the event. Dressed in all black and filled with hope of finding a job, she walked from table to table asking for information.

“I am looking for the different positions, jobs that are open, and who’s hiring,” Dosty said. “I heard lots of kids are looking for work, looking for jobs that are not hiring, and everyone says to go online, but it’s better to see the person face to face.”

One of the faces Dosty had the opportunity to talk to was the manager of eHealth Insurance, an online insurance broker catering to individuals under 65 years old and families, as well as MediCare. This insurance company was looking for students with a lot of energy, who were self-starters and who wanted a seasonal position at its company.

“I think that career fairs, especially here at Sac City, have a lot of candidates who would be interested in a seasonal position and will still allow them to continue with their school work, as well,” said Keith Mendosa, manager of the Medicare Sales department from eHealth services.

While Mendosa was preaching about students who were interested in jobs, 19-year-old James Horner, undecided major, seemed uninterested as he gazed from afar.

“If I saw something that I really like, I would definitely talk to them and see if I can get a job there,” said Horner.

Just like the simple skills eHealth insurance asked of students, the California State Board of Equalization was not far behind. The board simply wanted students with computer knowledge.

“We want students to have that kind of [computer] exposure and students normally at a community college level will have that kind of experience because they have grown up with computers, so it’s something that its already known to them years ago,” said Carmen Garcia, student intern coordinator for the California State Board of Equalization.

Garcia said the board currently doesn’t have open positions, but she still wanted to share information with students on how they can get a job with a two-year-degree or obtain an internship at the board of equalization.

“We are always looking for new and upcoming students to work at the state because we have a big issue with work force development, baby boomers who are aging out and moving on to retirement and we need some up and coming and fill those positions that they are living open.”
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Filling up job positions seemed to be the aim for many students at City College during Career Day. Hodge wanted to give students “an idea of internships, jobs, volunteer work.”

For many students, the event seemed to do just that.


For more information on the employers mentioned in the article click on the following websites:

State of California Board of Equalization:

eHealth Insurance:

Sacramento Police Department:

American Heart Association:

SETA Head Start:

City College Career Center:



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