Center for Career Services Hosts First Annual Career Fair

Center for Career Services Hosts First Annual Career Fair

Scores of students filed through the Building D conference room May 9 hoping to gain valuable insight into near-time job opportunities as well as advice on future careers from employers participating in the Center for Career Services’ first annual Career Fair. 

The event was organized by Work-Based Learning Coordinator Evangelo Michas.

A number of tables were set up throughout the room, with representatives from 13 companies ready and available to answer students’ questions.

Some of them included Able Health Care Service, Inc., Atlantic Bank, the Flik Hospitality Group, Mavis Discount Tires, Personal Touch Home Care, Roto-Rooter, Sam’s Club, Securitas USA, ShopRite, Tedesco Auto Body, Inc. in New Rochelle, Twisted Bangz Salon in Eastchester and more.

Sheila McDougald-Davis, an occupational analyst in the New York State Department of Labor, who also had a table at the Fair, said many students don’t realize the depth of job and career-related information that the department provides, including opportunities in both the public and the private sector.

Students huddled around her table asking various questions. She told them that there are many jobs available for pre-college students, positions that require only a high school diploma or GED. She urged them to log on to the department’s website to find further information.

Ms. McDougald-Davis, who frequently attends college job fairs, was particularly excited to showcase the many career opportunities available to the BOCES students.

“If we can get the word out earlier before they even step into college, that would be a great help,” she said.

David Amthor, a training/hiring manager at Roto-Rooter in Mamaroneck, said he was interested in meeting students who are currently in plumbing/construction industry programs at the Center.

Qualified candidates who get jobs at Roto-Rooter are immediately enrolled in its 13-week paid training initiative, he explained.

The career opportunities that Roto-Rooter provides its employees are definitely worthwhile, he added, with many technicians making up to six figures a year.

Nelson Rivera of Securitas USA was busy handing out applications to several students from the Security, Law & Policing Program who were interested in working as security guards at locations throughout the tri-state area.

One student asked about the company’s starting salaries. Mr. Rivera responded, “The more experience you have, the easier it is to qualify for a job at a higher rate.”

Many of the company’s career opportunities are ideal for college students, he said. Jobs are available in Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Dutchess counties through the Securitas office in White Plains. Opportunities in the Bronx and Manhattan are processed through its New York City-based office, he said.

Several students were attracted to the Twisted Bangz Salon table where Leonie Jones, a hair designer/natural enthusiast, was braiding a mannequin’s hair. Both she and salon owner Frank James Dibrino said that continuing education is important in the cosmetology industry, as it is in other professions, too.

“This is a very viable profession that has a lot of benefits and a lot of rewards,” said Mr. Dibrino. “If you get into the right salon, you must take advantage of everything the industry has to offer.”

John Castagnetti, a business partner in the Christopher Noland Salon & Beauty Spa in Greenwich, Conn., said the beauty business, like any other career, can be demanding.

“You have to be willing to learn and to work hard,” he said.

Mr. Michas said he was pleased with the turnout. “The Career Fair was a huge success,” he said. “And it was a great way for our students to network with local businesses and to secure employment.”