A near-record 60 exhibitors were on hand at Wednesday’s 27th annual East County Career Expo put on by the Career Education Department at Cuyamaca College. More than 100 students registered in advance for the event and many from the community stopped by to meet company recruiters and potential employers representing a wide swath of career and job fields, including healthcare, education, municipalities, military, law enforcement and more.
One newcomer to the popular event was the U.S. Census Bureau, looking to recruit census takers as the 2020 Census draws near. Also new this year was a practice room for job interviewing and a food truck for hungry exhibitors and attendees.
“This is always such a great event for students, as well as the public,” said Cindy Morrin, associate professor of counseling and coordinator of the college’s career center.
This year, Morrin made attendance mandatory for students in her college and career success classes. They prepped in advance by practicing elevator speeches and presenting themselves well with firm handshakes and a confident demeanor.
And although business attire wasn’t a requirement, Morrin was pleased to see a number of her students dressed professionally.
For many, the event is an introduction to the real world of job-hunting and finding that promising career.