Powerful Players Look to Recruit at College Career Fair


Aaron Garrard/San Jacinto Times

Home Depot was one of the many well known companies seeking future employees at San Jac Central campus.

Employment opportunities were plentiful for San Jacinto College Central Campus students at this year’s Career Fair, which took place Nov. 13.

According to Vanessa Ochoa, an administrative assistant at the Career and Employment office on Central campus, there were approximately forty employers in attendance.

“We let the students know what employers will be coming to the campus and how important it is to network with these employers,” Ochoa said. “We also pass out candy and other goodies to students to let them know of our services and what events we will be hosting in the upcoming weeks.”

Visitors will feel more confident about their employment options after the exhibition, Ochoa added.

“The satisfaction of students who leave the career fair happy and excited that they spoke to someone in their field of choice is great,” Ochoa said.

According to Attonette Lerch, the Coordinator at Career and Employment Services on Central campus, the purpose of the Fair is to allow organizations to meet potential employees in an informal setting. At the same time, it gives job seekers the opportunity to learn more about potential employers. “The focus is on sharing information between organizations and job seekers,” Lerch added.

Furthermore, Lerch said the event’s success can be measured by two outcomes: how many job seekers found employment and how many students took the opportunity to speak with the employers and explore their career interests.

“As organizers of the career fair,” Lerch said, “we try to get feedback from students and we follow up with the employers after our events.”

Among the many employers in attendance, a few well-known names represented at the event were Shell, The United States Military, Home Depot, Stewart and Stevenson, Sulzer, Meador Staffing Services, Safelite Auto Glass, and the Harris County Department of Education.

Meanwhile, Victor Sabata, the Electrical Design Supervisor at the Dashdell Corporation said, he is looking forward to recruiting several future employees at the Fair.

“I hope to find some good candidates,” Sabata said, “because we have a number of positions open, and we would like to fill those positions with students from San Jac.”