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Education, career fair opens doors

7 Sep 2012 | LCpl. D.J. Wu

The Combat Center’s upcoming Education and Career Fair will give Marines, sailors and their families a chance to learn about local education opportunities, explore other career options and perhaps even find a new job.


“We offer the fair semi-annually,” said Jeff Fourier, branch head, Lifelong Learning. “It gives service members, their family members and civilians, a chance to network, explore job opportunities and gather information.”

More than 50 vendors will be present at the event. It’s important for attendees to know what they need to be prepared for the fair.

“The best things they can do to prepare is have a list of questions to ask vendors, knowing about themselves and what they want, and what motivates them,” Fourier said. “They should have a resume, a positive attitude, a professional demeanor and be ready to show what they bring to the table in terms of talents and skills.”

Attendees intending to speak with prospective employers are also encouraged to dress in appropriate business attire, as if they were going into a job interview. They can also wear their uniform of the day.

Even Marines and sailors not on their way out of the service have a lot to gain from the fair. Taking a look around is a good way to find out what opportunities are out there when they are ready to transition out.

“I think it’s important for Marines and sailors to get out there and see what they can do,” said Lance Cpl. Joseph Oord, postal clerk, Headquarters Battalion. “I know I want to see what kind of stuff they have in the medical field because that’s what I’m interested in. I want to see what is new in the medical field. I’ve done medical things in the past and I want to see if they carry over.”

The Education and Career Fair is slated for Sept. 19 at the West Gym and Fitness Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call the Career Resource Center at 830-7225 or visit them in Building 1438.

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