National University

Career Fair Attracts Diverse Mix of Employers & Job Seekers

Well-educated job seekers interacted with scrutinizing recruiters eager to hire the next top producer at the National University Career Fair on Wednesday, October 24 at the Spectrum Academic Center in San Diego.

Students and alumni from a broad variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines provided more than 24 companies and organizations with an abundance of qualified applicants, including military veterans with MBAs; multilingual men and women with master's degrees and international business experience; eager first-timers hoping to land an internship or an entry-level position; and part-time employees seeking full time jobs.

Recently graduated nurses such as Jennifer Trias (BSN) and Samantha Punsalan (BSN), both with an impressively documented wealth of clinical experience, were present to explore employment opportunities. Other National University graduates such as Sarah Derho (B.A., Psychology) came in search of a career change and were happy to engage with staff from the Career Center and test the waters in the local job market.

Prospective employers such as Francisco Mata, a recruiter for New York Life, were looking for bright and promising talent. "I've met a few very good candidates today," he said, "and I'm booking them for another interview." He wants good communicators and listeners to enroll in a two-year training program available to promising financial advisors. The annual income ranges from $40,000 to $120,000.

Alumna Marla Esteban (B.A., Communication) is a talent acquisition consultant with Jack in the Box. She was seeking active students for an internship program, and knows firsthand that National University is a good place to find highly disciplined, well-organized and hardworking individuals.

Carolyn Bressler, vice president and senior recruiter with Union Bank, was on hand to fill a variety of openings from entry-level positions to senior management. "I'm very impressed" she said when asked about the quality of applicants.

Career Center Manager Cindy Nicholas said that several recruiters exclaimed  how prepared and professional National University students and alumni were at the Career Fair.  "From the quality of their resumes and interviewing skills to their advance research on employers attending the fair, the job seekers here were praised for their organization and preparation," she added.

The annual career networking fair at National University is free and available to students, alumni and the community at large. It always includes the Career Center's free resume review service.  Additional job listings are available year round through the the Center's Jobs Portal. For more information, e-mail the Career Center at