Preparing students for future employment

Leeann Rose

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Marilyn Harvey and other staff members of the City College Transfer/Career Center have provided students with employment workshops every semester since 2007.

The employment workshops are held once or twice a week during the semester and offer a variety of useful information pertaining to the world of employment. Some skills that can be acquired through the workshops include resume writing, interview techniques, and writing a cover letter.

“Employers expect students to be prepared and to understand how to navigate the world of work,” explained Harvey, the director of Alumni Relations, via email. “Having a resume or knowing how to interview is what will get a student in the door to employment.”

The employment workshops are facilitated by staff members, and in the spring are occasionally hosted by outside entities, including the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and Union Bank.

FIDM hosted a workshop in the fall semester on how to dress for an interview and Union Bank ran a workshop that provided tips on how to get hired at a bank.

Although students do not get one-on-one training at the workshops, it is recommended they make an appointment to get individual assistance in their career development.

When asked about the positive effects of these workshops, Harvey stated, “We believe that by providing employment preparation workshops and by providing and encouraging career development, students are more likely to be successful at completing their academic and career goals.”

“The work we do is aligned with supporting the college in its effort to support students all the way through completion,” added Harvey

City College aims to give students the tools to succeed. The goal of the Transfer Center and the workshops are to teach students how to use these tools efficiently.

The Transfer Center is also in charge of organizing a Transfer Fair every year.

This year’s fair took place on Oct. 24 and City College hosted more than 40 schools, drawing large national schools like Columbia University or the University of Hawaii, along with local powerhouses such as University of California – San Diego and smaller schools such as San Diego Christian.

It’s important to note that the Transfer/Career Center will be open during most of the winter break. Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The center will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 1 and on Jan. 20, 2014.

For more information regarding the employment workshop or anything regarding transferring to a four-year school, please contact Harvey at mharvey@sdccd.edu or visit www.sdcity.edu/TransferServices.

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