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Job Seekers Meet Your Match: Austin Entry Level Job Fair
Uber driver, Oluwagbenga couldn’t hide the smile as he exited the Entry Level Job Fair hosted at Southern Careers Institute Austin on Friday, January 19th, 2018. When asked which employers he was eyeing for career opportunities, he laughed. “I think I love everybody!” “Everybody” included over 20 companies in the Austin-area hiring or recruiting for healthcare, business, technology or skilled trades with little to no experience.
A few of the representatives came from Seton Health Systems, We Are Blood, BBVA Compass Bank, Intellectechs and Spectrum. Whether local or nationwide, the organizations all had something in common. “Great people with great attitudes” to train and grow within their roles, as Kelly Manzano of We Are Blood, a non-profit dedicated to serving the community through blood donations, summarized.
Job seekers are often discouraged when it comes to finding careers when they are just starting out or when they are changing careers, because of the notion that all jobs require experience in the industry. The reality is that the average person changes jobs 10 – 15 times during his/her career (the Balance).
And let’s not forget that all jobs require some kind of training. Getting an education at a career-training school like Southern Careers Institute can also better prepare you for the job search because they help with resume-building, preparing for interviews, and are teaching skills that employers require for the jobs they are hiring for.
A positive attitude, Kelly mentioned, is what she looks for in an employee, and it’s the one attribute that can’t be taught. Despite the diversity of the applicants, this fortunately seemed to be ingrained in many of them, including Oluwagbenga. When asked about who she met at the Entry Level Job Fair that day, she mentioned, “Excited people with great smiles, very motivated and determined to find that great fit.” See Kelly’s full interview here:
"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”
Enrique H. Welding
"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”
Juan L. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator
“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”
Denise S. Medical Assistant
“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”
“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”
Annette D. Business Accounting
“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”
Bonnie M Medical Assistant
“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”
Sidney B Medical Assistant
“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”
“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”
“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.