Career Fair offers job opportunities for students

Los Angeles Police Department recruiter officer Joe Carmona speaking with two Saddleback College students at the Job Fair on May 7, 2014.  Saddleback College presents its second Job Fair of the Spring semester 2014. Mission Viejo, Calif. (photo/Marivel Guzman)

Los Angeles Police Department recruiter officer Joe Carmona speaks with two Saddleback College students at the Job Fair on May 7, 2014.  (photo/Marivel Guzman)

Saddleback College celebrated its Career and Internship Fair last May 7, at the Quad.

Some 50+ companies were registered to participate in the fair for this Spring event.
Los Angeles Police Department recruiter, Officer Joe Carmona, a graduate from the Los Angeles Police Academy, said that LAPD is looking for college graduates with 3.0 or higher GPA, adding that LAPD is one one of most educated police forces in the nation.

“We have lawyers, doctors, Marine and Army veterans, and even an Olympic medalist, LAPD is one of the most educated police forces in the nation,” he said.

Officer Carmona, who himself has a master’s degree, stressed the important role that LAPD plays in the community. LAPD is a good employer, we come to offer the opportunity to students looking for a career in law enforcement, which is well paid and rewarding, he said.

Saddleback Career Fair brought a large number of local companies, including both the San Diego Police department and LAPD. For LAPD, this is the first time to come to Saddleback and Carmona said they expecting to come back.

Journalism Department Instructional Assistant Ali Dorri, shared the importance of an internship added to students’ curriculum.

“The journalism department is participating in the Career Fair to promote internship in the media field,” Dorri said. Colleges in California put a heavy emphasis on internships and building experience and the journalism department is in line with that,” Dori said.

Eric Hilden, career placement officer at Saddleback, in a previous interview, stressed the importance for students to participate in the career fair prepared by his office  twice a year, adding that students should take advantage of this on-campus event where employment is offered at no cost, all is asked from them is to be prepared with their resume and to be dressed for success.