San Mateo Union High School District Career Fair Connecting Ambitious Students to Careers | Local News
High school students who plan to stay on the peninsula and hope to earn the competitive salary needed to survive locally will be exposed to a variety of lucrative careers available immediately after graduation.
The San Mateo Union School District is presenting on Tuesday, May 11, a virtual career fair for senior graduates looking for a career opportunity or just more information about the job market.
The event will feature representatives from Tesla, Putnam Automotive Group, McCarthy Building Companies, US Postal Service, Graniterock Construction, Embassy Suites, See’s Candies and more.
Helen O’Brien, the technical education and careers coordinator at Aragon High School, said the district was motivated to host the event in response to employers’ concerns about a transforming workforce.
“Many employers in the region are clamoring for new blood. They have a lot of employees they call their veteran employees who will be retiring soon and they would like new people to come and learn from these veterans, ”said O’Brien.
Nancy Kane, who holds a similar position to O’Brien at San Mateo High School, said the program also welcomes students who hope to stay put, ready to work and need a living.
“It’s expensive to live here and they don’t want to delay earning a living wage,” Kane said.
Tuesday’s event follows a previous program in 2019 called ‘$ 100,000 to Stay in the Bay’, which featured hundreds of students, professionals, parents and educators discussing career possibilities in commerce. .
Due to the pandemic, the next job fair must be held virtually. And the scope of the event has been limited to senior graduates who are looking for employment. But organizers were hopeful that future versions could win back the wider audiences of previous years.
Regarding the public health crisis, Ms O’Brien said she hoped that one of the benefits of the upcoming event would be to provide students with an opportunity for interaction that they might have had. been starving for the past year.
The prolonged isolation may have delayed the development of some social skills that employers look for when hiring, said O’Brien, who hoped students would enjoy honing those skills more.
“Employers have expectations and I don’t think some of these students are ready to commit,” she said.
Creating a voicemail account, returning calls or emails regularly, being responsible and reliable on a daily basis, and other similar tasks are the kinds of attributes students need to pay more attention to, Kane said.
“There are other attributes you need to be successful,” Kane said, beyond just meeting the application requirements, like having a high school diploma.
Looking ahead, she said the district is planning more workshops to help students create better candidates and resumes, as well as work on interview skills.
While a segment of the student body gets some exposure to these lessons in the career technical education program, O’Brien recognized that the high school system could do a better job preparing students for work.
“Honestly, in the grand scheme of things, that’s not enough,” said O’Brien, of the job training students need to be employable after graduation.
Beyond the program’s broader goals however, O’Brien said educators are optimistic the upcoming event will help match ambitious students with stable jobs and lucrative career opportunities soon after graduation. of their diploma.
“They need a little help connecting with employers and that’s what we’re trying to do,” she said.