And although they are just first semester freshmen, four friends from Bridgeport – all Criminal Justice and/or CJ/Early Childhood Education dual majors – headed over to the Office of Career Advancement (OCA) Part-time Job Fair on a damp and chilly afternoon with the hopes of finding part-time jobs while working towards their degrees. All Monroe freshmen are encouraged to get themselves known by the College's career counselors early on in their college careers instead of waiting until the final semester before graduating.
Associate Vice President and “bouncer for the day” Carol Genese greeted each and every attendee with a big smile and either a thumbs-up for appearance or a directive to head back to the dorms for a quick change of outfits for a better dress-for-success first impression. “We came straight from class and so most of us weren’t really dressed for job interviews,”
And if a student arrived not dressed for the occasion but too far from where they live to make a quick “costume change”, OCA was ready with a collection of clean and freshly pressed shirts, ties and jackets for the men and equivalent business attire for women. The ready-to-wear wardrobe was donated by Monroe administrators and faculty. For example, in no-time at all, Kahlil Heard, a Medical Assisting major, had his tee shirt and khakis fleshed out with a white dress shirt and classic navy blue blazer.
Back to the Bridgeport crew: Their rating of the event was a collective thumbs-up. “I learned how to dress and better prepare myself for an interview,” said Pendergrass. “You’
Employers, Monroe College alumni and students interested in participating in Monroe's Internship and Full-time Job Fair, October 24th, should contact the Office of Career Advancement, 718-933-8650.