2014 Career Opportunities Expo



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What is the Career Opportunities Expo?

  • A week free of activities focused on career exploration and employment preparation that culminates in the Spring Job Fair.

Who can attend?

  • All events are open to any San Diego Community College District student and alumni.

Steps to prepare:

  • Attend at least one workshop
  • Have your resume reviewed and updated (and bring multiple copies)
  • Review the list of employers attending (on the career website)
  • Dress professionally
  • Attend the Job Fair!!


Resume Review & Professional Makeover Tent

Monday, April 21—Wednesday, April 23 | 10:00 am—2:00 pm | Promenade

  • Bring your resume for an on-the-spot review!
  • Have a professional makeover by the Mesa College Fashion Department!
  • Informational flyer


Career Workshops

Located in room H-117 unless otherwise noted.

Monday, April 21

  • Linked-In | 10:00 am—11:00 am
    • How connected are you?  Research indicates that over 75% of people land jobs because of their network.  How Linked In are you? Come find out how to build an effective profile to maximize your success. Presenter: Alison Lobus, MA, owner Compass Career Counseling.
  • Careers in Healthcare | 11:30 am—12:30 pm
    • Are you thinking about a career in healthcare?  What is it like to work in a hospital or a doctor’s office?  Come hear from those working in the field and ask them questions about your future!  Panel members include Renee Dean, RN with 35 years of nursing experience and John Watkins, Physican's Assistant at Kaiser Permanente.

Tuesday, April 22

  • Dress for Success | 10 am—11am
    • Are you wearing the right statement?  Do you know what is appropriate to wear to a job fair, an intern view and on the job?  How should you style your hair?  What is the company culture, professional or casual dress?  Come get the answers to these questions and more.  Learn how to make right statement for your success!  Presenter: Julianne Chang, career services specialist at CSU Long Beach Career Services and Mesa College Career Center.

  • Careers in Law | 11:30 am—12:30 pm
    • Interested in a career as a lawyer? What career paths are available for lawyers? What can you do with a degree in law? Learn about the different fields of law and where a law degree can take you.  Hear from attorneys and law professors. Panel Members: James E. Atkins, J.D., Deputy District Attorney, County of San Diego who has served the people of San Diego for over 30 years; and Agustin Pena, J.D. working for the San Diego District Attorney's office.

  • Veteran Resumes  |  1:00 pm—2:00 pm
    • Is your resume the best it can be? Serving in the military has provided you with unique skills and experiences.  But how do you translate those experience to a civilian resume? Come find out! Presenter: CDR Neil Zerbe USN (Ret), served a distinguished Naval career as a strike-fighter aviator, with his final assignment as Commander, Third Fleet on the USS Coronado. His past 12 years has been spent  working for two major San Diego corporations hiring and mentoring veterans. He is currently serves on the Manpower Veterans Transition team.
  • Careers in Psychology  | 2:30 pm—3:30 pm
    • What are you going to do with your degree? The field of psychology is exciting and vast. The field of psychology is exciting and vast.  Come discover four amazing professionals and hear where their degrees in psychology have taken them.Panel Members: Jose A. Cruz, Ed.M.—Executive Director of the Barrio Logan College Institute.  Masters from Harvard University and Bachelors from SDSU.  Summer Brooks, M.S.—Behavior Consultant at the Grand Animal Hospital.  Masters and Bachelors from SDSU.  Laurie Mackenzie, M.A.— Retired psychology professor.  Masters from SDSU.   Brianna Hayes, M.S.— Institutional Researcher. Masters from SDSU and Bachelors from CSU Stanislaus.
  • Career Tech Talk | 4:00 pm—5:00 pm
    • Where is your Computer degree taking you?  The field of computer business and information technology is vast and constantly changing.  So, how do you navigate this complex network to your advantage and success?  Come hear from experts in the field who specialize in technology recruiting.  Presenters: Christopher Hutchman — USD Graduate and lead recruiter for Robert Half Technology; Bryn Felber, MBA - Lead Recruiter for Application & Database Development positions; Ben Motten, owner of Conner Networks, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Certified Technical Trainer, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, and CCNA; and Stephen Walters, IT Network Engineer at PCS World Network with over 20 years in the IT Industry

Wednesday, April 23

  • How to Work a Job Fair |10:00 am—11:00 am
    • How effective can you be?  Attending a Job Fair isn’t just about showing up, it is about being prepared.   Come learn tools and tips that will help you in your job fair success.  Presenter: Monica Romero, M.A. Ten years of career experience as the Mesa Career Center supervisor.

  • Engineering Your Future by Northrop Grumman | 11:30 am—12:30 pm
    • The field of engineering is in high demand!  Learn about engineering career-pathways, hiring, job protocols and internship opportunities.  Presenter: Zachary Lopez, Electrical Engineer with Northrop Grumman Information Systems in and is the vice chair of their Adelante outreach team.

  • Beyond Bones: Forensic Anthropology  |  1:00 pm—2:00 pm  |  Room MS-320 
    • So you want to be a forensic anthropologist?  A brief introduction to the reality of forensic anthropology, including what information can be determined from bones.  Local cases will be featured.  Presenter: Dr. Madeleine Hinkes is a forensic anthropologist for the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office and a Mesa College Professor.



Thursday, April 24 |9:30 am—1:30 pm | Promenade

Over 50 Employers: Part & Full-Time, Entry-Level to Experienced, Seasonal, Internships, Volunteering, Entrepreneurial, Veteran Opportunities, and Community Resources.   Click here for a list of organizations and the positions available.

Attending Organizations (keep checking back for updated lists!) 

  • ACE Parking
  • American Lung Association
  • Best of Care
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
  • Bright Horizons
  • Chicken Charlies
  • ChildCare Careers
  • Chula Vista Police Department
  • Clear Channel Media & Entertainment
  • County of San Diego, Dept of Human Resources
  • Dunn Edwards Paints
  • EDD (Dept. of Labor)
  • Fed Ex Ground
  • Fleet and Family Support Programs
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Harmonium
  • Hawthorne CAT
  • Hilton Mission Valley
  • Home of Guiding Hands
  • Homes.com
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • IKEA San Diego
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • J Geyer Plumbing
  • KPRI - 102.1 FM
  • LAZ Parking
  • Legoland California Resort
  • LMA San Diego: 91x / Magic 925. FM/ Z 90
  • Manpower
  • Mesa College Child Development Center
  • Mesa College Academic Skills Center
  • Neighborhood House Association
  • Pizza Hut
  • Primerica
  • Quantum Success Strategies
  • Registrar of Voters
  • Saks Fifth Avenue - OFF 5th
  • San Diego Center for Children
  • San Diego Convention Center Corporation
  • San Diego Police Department Cadet Program
  • SAY San Diego - Human Resources
  • SAY San Diego - Services
  • SDCCD Police Department
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Sedona Staffing
  • Sharp HealthCare
  • State of CA Board of Equalization
  • The ARC of San Diego
  • Vector Marketing
  • Veteran's Village & Courage to Call
  • Vivint
  • Welk Resorts
  • Wells Fargo Bank, NA
  • Workability III
  • YMCA of San Diego County


Prize Drawing

The first 200 students who attend the Job Fair with their resume and appropriately dressed in business attire will be entered into a $200 prize drawing!!  Visit the Career Center booth at the Job Fair to enter.  Click for details.


Event sponsors and partners
  • Anthropology Department
  • Associated Student Government
  • DSPS
  • Fashion Department
  • Financial Aid Office
  • General Counseling
  • Humanities Institute
  • Psychology Department


  • STAR / Trio Program
  • Student Health Services
  • Veterans Office
  • Workability III