Hundreds of high school students gathered at Mark Keppel High School (MKHS) to attend workshops, practice being interviewed, and learn about a wide variety of careers at the Fourth Annual District College Fair on Feb. 9. Coordinated by Elizabeth An, the Career Technical Education Advisor of MKHS, the fair invited representatives of 50 occupations to offer more information of these careers as well as answer questions of students.
A police officer, hair stylist, store manager, fire controlman as well as many other representatives scouted for potential interns while presenters enlightened students on careers of various fields. The career fair also offered three workshops which gave students advice on how to improve their chances of landing a job. Students were able to participate in mock interviews and look for jobs and internships.
“We had teachers, counselors, staff and other community members volunteer to be mock interviewers,” An said. “This was an opportunity for students to practice their interview skills, which would come in handy for future job/scholarship/college interviews. I know that BTA, MCA, and GFSF uses mock interviews as one of their class finals, so this is a great chance for students to get some practice before their final.”
A survey which accumulated 248 responses from students was held during the career fair to collect data regarding its impact on students. Based on the responses, 83.5 percent of the students surveyed rated a four or five out of five on the career fair’s usefulness. Sophomore Sydney Lam also noticed the impact the “fun” experience had on her.
“The presenters weren’t as boring as you’d expect them to be,” Lam said. “The people who came to tell us about their careers were also very nice and thorough with their explanations—even when they had to tidy up their stations and leave. Overall, I enjoyed the experience, but it would’ve been better if it had lasted longer.”
Being on the San Gabriel High School College Career Center (CCC) Remind will ensure notification of next year’s fair. The CCC also sends notifications of the date and time of college and job representative presentations held throughout the school year in the CCC.