Career Services Revives Part-Time Job Fair

Students meet with local employers about part-time job openings during the college's 2018 Part-Time Job Fair.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College Career Services held a “Part-Time Job Fair” on campus Oct. 31, giving nearly 400 students a valuable opportunity to speak with area employers about part-time work.

Originally scheduled for September but postponed due to Hurricane Florence, the two-hour event featured 25 employers talking with students about more than 55 part-time jobs. Sponsors who participated in the fair included Advance Mechanical Heating & Air, Autism Society of NC, Belk, Convergys, Nurse Care of North Carolina, and Pinnacle Home Care.

PCC Career Outreach Specialist Rachel Bridgers said holding the event later in the fall actually turned out to be “a win” for employers and students.

“Students, for the most part, are comfortable with their class schedules by this point in the semester and can appropriately determine whether they can handle a job on top of their course load,” she said. “Some employers in attendance were able to use the new timing of the event to bulk up their seasonal staff, while others focused on identifying candidates for internship opportunities during the spring semester.”

Bridgers said the event was the first part-time job fair PCC has held in three years. “Career Services has not hosted a ‘Part-Time Job Fair’ since the fall of 2015, but we felt it was important to bring it back,” she said. “Many of our students have to work to support their households but can’t always commit to a full-time work schedule while going to school.”

Bridgers said PCC Career Services received positive feedback from the event and is looking forward to hosting another next fall. “Employers were elated with the number and quality of students who were in attendance,” she said.

Located in Suite 170 of the Craig F. Goess Student Center, PCC Career Services provides opportunities for current students and alumni to learn more about themselves, the world of work, and how to prepare for future employment. In addition to career assessments, job search strategies and mock interviews, the center offers resume development assistance, posts job openings, and organizes professional development opportunities on campus and in the community throughout the year.