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2018 Healthcare Job & Transition Fair
Employers, workers turn out at annual networking event
Upwards of 100 job-seekers, many of them BOCES healthcare students, met with employers at the 2018 Healthcare Job & Transition Fair at our Harrison training center May 30.
Nearly two dozen healthcare agencies and other employers were represented at the annual event, providing networking opportunities in the local healthcare job market.
"I'm walking away with quite a few pens," said Terrence Keery, an SWBOCES student in the Nursing Assistant program. "I feel like they're going to hire a few people here."
With his state exam a day away, Keery said he's excited about his career prospects after a positive clinical placement experience and was eager to meet with potential employers.
"It's nice to help people and it's nice to be appreciated," Keery said of his chosen field. "I know it sounds trite, but it's true. You get to make somebody's day."
Jonathan Garelick, Director of Recruitment at CareRite Centers, said there aren't many opportunities like this. If there were more job fairs, he'd attend them. CareRite Centers, which operates nearly three dozen Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Facilities has positions to fill and is looking for qualified candidates to fill them.
Joseph Talone of Five Star Premier Residences of Yonkers said he has partnered with SWBOCES and attended the job fair for six years. His agency is seeking to hire licensed practical nurses, home health aides and other professionals. "It's a good flow of traffic," Talone said of the students making their way from their classrooms to the third-floor conference room where the job fair was held. "We're able to get a brand new graduate to work with and train."
"It helps us," he added, "because we're able to fill a need."
Andrea Baird, an SWBOCES practical nursing student just three weeks from graduation, said the job fair was a chance to network with employers.
"It's a very good opportunity, especially for those of us who don't have a medical background to get a foot in the door."
Practical Nursing Program Supervisor Will Guterman said the job fair is an obvious benefit to students, but that's only half the story.
"It is part of our mission at BOCES to provide a service to the community," Guterman said. "I get several phone calls (from employers) saying, 'We need people.'"