The Exterior of the AS 4 building at Mesa Community College's Southern and Dobson campus, on Feb. 22 2023 (Photo by Jordan Bell/The Mesa Legend)

Working Wednesdays aids students in job hunting

The Career Services department helped students land jobs by hosting Working Wednesdays throughout the spring semester at Mesa Community College.

The department would host different employers each week to speak with students about part-time and full-time job openings in the community.

The Career Services department holds a general Working Wednesdays on the first Wednesdays of each month where they host an array of employers who have expressed interest in engaging with students about job openings within their company.

Last semester, the Career Services department began holding Working Wednesdays tailored to specific fields of interest and will continue these events this semester with two fields that have similar attributes.

“We tailor them specifically to those majors, those fields of interest, which came out of ASMCC from our Student Government. They wanted to see more specific mini-job fairs that were tailored to their field of interest,” stated Amanda Copetillo, program analyst senior for the Career Services Department at MCC.

The first event on Feb. 7 will be a general Working Wednesday where students can speak to a number of community members who have job openings available. The second Working Wednesday on Feb. 14 will focus on job opportunities in the fields of behavioral science, human services, and culture and society.

The third week will appeal to computer and information technology along with business entrepreneurialism and management.

On Feb. 21, the Career Services department will have representatives from Disney on campus recruiting for their internship program. 

“That morning we will have programming for staff and faculty to come and have breakfast with Disney. And then the Disney recruiter will be coming to the event and talking to students about the Disney program and what they can offer,” said Copetillo.

Immediately following the event will be a networking event with the Disney College Program.

The Working Wednesdays being held in March and April are expected to follow the same schedule, with the first week being a general Working Wednesay, the second and third week focusing on different fields of interest.

On April 10, the Career Services department will host a job fair in partnership with the Student Government and the Center for Community and Civic Engagement to bring in nonprofits and additional community  resources.

“They (students) can come in and see the different kinds of work based learning opportunities that are out there that are just not part-time and full-time,” said Copetillo. 

“That could be internships, that could be job shadowing, it could be maybe just seeing what that company does, what does that nonprofit look like in, volunteering,” added Copetillo.

General Working Wednesdays will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Navajo room, and the field of interest Working Wednesdays will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student lounge near the Kirk Center.

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