Employers on Campus
Job fair presents opportunities to meet employers and build a professional network
Students looking to go outside the classroom and explore real-world opportunities will have their chance at the upcoming GCC Job Fair, Wed., March 26 in SU-104.
GCC student Alejandro Quijada Fontes, who participated in last year’s fair, is serving as a student ambassador for this year’s event. In his role as ambassador, Fontes will promote the opportunities and benefits of students getting work experience in their targeted careers. Though he started at GCC as a business major in fall of 2008, Fontes is now majoring in Aerospace Engineering. He expects to complete his associate degree in science at GCC this May, then transfer to Arizona State University and earn a bachelor’s degree in 2016.
He is already working part-time, doing security work on the weekends and occasionally tutoring in math and Spanish. His long-term career goals include working at a major aerospace firm, helping to develop the next generation of aircraft, and eventually, transitioning into his own aerospace firm. “That’s when the fun will really start,” he said.
Fontes believes building a professional network alongside an education is the most important investment any student can make. The career fair has given him the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of companies. He’s hoping to extend his network this year, with the goal of securing some real opportunities for a summer internship.
He knows other GCC students who have gotten leads and found jobs through the career fair. A few of his fellow engineering students have secured internships with some pretty big-name engineering firms through the In-roads program.
“Securing an internship before graduation is one of the most helpful things a student can do,” he said. “So polish up that resume, get out there and shake some hands.”
For more information about the upcoming Job Fair, contact Laura Hinau, 623-845-3286, firstname.lastname@example.org.