Students hone job hunting skills for Meet the Pros

Counselor David Turcotte and SFP Program Specialist Ngan Mork engaged students in workshops to prepare them for an upcoming event, Meet the Pros, this Thursday in the Great Hall from noon to 3 p.m.  

There was a total of four workshops, two sets focusing on a specific topic. Each set of workshops was held on different days, times, and locations to allow students the opportunity to attend. On Tuesday Sept. 13 and Thursday Sept. 15, the first set of workshops highlighted the importance of personality.

“There is a really strong need for students to understand their personality types as they develop into their careers, workforce, and to their education,” Turcotte said.  “There are so many things that can be recognized by knowing your personality and knowing the different types.”

The personality workshop is designed to help students learn more about themselves and clear a path among all the different career choices.  Students who attend the workshop were able to gain a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

According to Turcotte, students are also looking forward to attend the interview and resumé workshop to revamp their interview skills and learn some new techniques to ride along California’s ever-growing economy.

The second set of workshops, scheduled for Monday Sept. 19 and Tuesday Sept. 20, focused on personal confidence and interview techniques.

“I think it was great, a lot of information,” political science major Efren Lopez said.   “It’s a lot of detail onto your resume.  When I was looking at my resume and I was hearing what he was saying, I kind of got some things wrong (on my resume).”

These workshops were meant to help students sharpen their skills for them to gain the confidence to tackle the Meet the Pros event where industry partners will be present.

Mork explained that these events were created to supplement the technical skills taught in classrooms. He wanted to give students the opportunity to hear from industry partners so that they could know what it takes to make it in that field or industry.

“They just come about. I think we were just looking for an opportunity of getting the industry out here,” Mork said.  “Our students could network with them. It’s a whole perspective that a normal classroom setting can’t offer.”