Annual Education Career Fair proves to be a success
On March 22, The Education Career Fair, hosted by the Pacific Career Resource Center, featured 36 school districts and education programs for our aspiring teaching students and alumni. Pacific students of education had the opportunity to discuss career and internship opportunities with teachers, recruiters and administrators of the surrounding county’s school districts and various local organizations.
The CRC’s Community Outreach Consultant, Kaye Mooney, coordinated this year’s event and remarked, “We saw a large increase in school districts this year compared to 14 in 2015.” When asked about what created this year’s larger vendor size at a smaller school like University of the Pacific, Mooney said, “Most of the recruiting schools weren’t focused on the size, but on the quality of students and faculty at Pacific.”
School districts including Stockton Unified, Lodi Unified, Sacramento County Office of Education and some as far away as South San Francisco expressed being highly interested in Pacific students and actively engaged throughout the three-hour event. Salary charts and job offers, on-site interviews and credentialing advice were just some of the services offered. There was a strong focus placed on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers, as many schools explained they have not been able to fill the educator roles for these growing fields of study.
While job placement was a primary focus of the fair, CRC’s focus was also aimed at building a more professional online appearance for the attendees. Pacific students could use a photo booth as well as borrow pieces from the CRC’s professional wardrobe for profile pictures to be used on job-hunting websites such as LinkedIn and the new Valor Connect, the mobile application for Pacific alumni mentorship and employment networking.
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