By Jacqueline Resendiz Morales
The semester is coming to an end, but that does not mean you can’t start preparing for the working world.
Apart from offering students advice on internships, careers and resumes, the Career Center has events that will take place next semester aimed at helping students find work, pick a major and set long-term goals.
One event, scheduled for the second week of the spring semester, will assist students with discounted work clothes or “business-wear” they can wear to interviews and on the job. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at JC Penney in the South Bay Pavillion near campus.
“JCP Suit It Up” is a partnership with JC Penney in which “they provide a space for students to shop for 40% off the ticket of the price,” said Brenda Mendez, a lead career coach from the Cal State Dominguez Hills Career Center. “If it’s already on clearance, they get 40% off.”
Students can RSVP for the event on Handshake, the campus job site. The event is already posted.
Career Center employees will help students select work-appropriate clothing.
“Staff members will be at the event to help students shop for professional clothes, shoes and accessories,” Mendez said.
Then, on Jan. 31, there will be a fair that helps students select majors and minors.
“This will be our first fair of the semester, where undeclared students will be able to ask questions, meet the faculty and staff,” Mendez said.
There are more early semester events.
Jan. 29 to Feb 1 is Internship Week.
“Usually, Spring Expo is going to be February, our Education Career Expo is in March, part-time seasonal in April, and all of those events will be on Handshake by the end of this semester,” Mendez said.
Many of the events, such as JCP Suit It Up, have caps on attendees, so it’s a good idea to make a reservation as soon as possible.
“We recommend people RSVP because we do have to put a cap on it, and by RSVPing you guarantee your spot,” Mendez said.
Students should regularly check Handshake for updates and posts on events.
Mendez suggests that students come dressed professionally for the events, except the major and minor event.