Career fair brings job opportunities to CBU students
Riverside, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2017) – More than 105 businesses were on hand to offer internships, part-time jobs or full-time jobs at the Business, Engineering and Communication Studies Career Fair at California Baptist University on Feb. 22.
The Career Center has been intentional about networking with local employers and government agencies, said Mike Bishop, senior director of the Career Center at CBU.
Bishop said employers are interested in CBU graduates who not only have a great education, but who also understand what character, integrity and commitment means.
“When those [traits] are bundled together, that’s a win for an employer, because employers not only want to hire, they want to make hires that will stick,” Bishop said.
The fair also provided students with a chance to practice presenting themselves professionally and to interact with different employers, Bishop said. Students needed to come dressed professionally, have a resume and be able to tell potential employers about themselves.
“There are a lot of good opportunities for our students to get hired or to be chosen for an internship,” Bishop said. “These employers align with what the students have been studying, so it’s a win-win for both parties.”
The Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District had internships and a junior civil engineer position available.
“The benefit [of the fair] is we get to meet with people, tell them a little bit about what we do and why we’re such a good place to work,” said Cassandra Sanchez, a representative of the water district. “It allows us to find people that we know are interested in us.”
Melissa Perez, an accounting junior, said having the fair on campus made it accessible to meet employers.
“It gives us more of a real-world experience. We get to talk to people who are actually in the field we want to be in,” Perez said. “It gives us more of a sense of what we’re going to do when we graduate.”
Peter Dunckel, a software engineering major, attended the fair to network with companies that might fit his career pursuits.
“It takes a lot of work to submit a lot of resumes online and go through the process, but to be able to actually talk to people in person and give a resume in person is so much better. It really is a blessing,” Dunckel said.