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Companies present interesting opportunities at the job fair

From flipping sizzling burgers to refereeing intramural sports, students have a wide variety of job opportunities, some of which were showcased at the in-person job fair at the Friday lunch at Palo Alto High School.

Youth Community Service Program Director Ashley Yee-Mazawa discusses ongoing opportunities with junior Sophia Lee. YCS, an organization that provides a variety of volunteer opportunities for Mid-Peninsula teens, currently has openings in its after-school programs and YCS Connect. According to Yee-Mazawa, YCS is looking for people committed to their mission. “Someone who is passionate and dedicated to the YCS mission is always very important,” Yee-Mazawa said. “All the rest of the skills kind of come after that when you’re dedicated and interested in the job.” (Photo: Anna Feng)

The job fair, hosted by the Palo Alto Unified School District’s Department of Curriculum and Career Education, was the first in-person since the pandemic began.

CCE staff and five employers attended the job fair, including representatives from Legarza Sports, Stanford Intramural Sports, Slingshot Connections, Youth Community Service and In-N-Out.

Employers set up booths, answered questions, and handed out flyers and free merchandise to interested students.

According to work experience and Advanced Authentic Research teacher Rachel Kaci, the job fair was held earlier this year than usual due to an increased number of organizations contacting Kaci to attend the fair. .

“This is our first live on-campus job fair since Covid, so we’re thrilled,” Kaci said. “It happens so quickly, usually it happens a little later in the fall, but we’ve had so many suppliers trying to contact us.”

Josiah Riley, assistant director of intramural sports at Stanford University, said he is looking for officials and referees for intramural sports programs this fall. According to Riley, he is primarily looking for potential employees who would be good team players and attentive listeners.

“I need someone who knows how to be a good teammate, someone who knows game management, someone who knows how to manage time, someone who knows how to solve problems and someone who knows how to talk.” said Riley. “Most important, someone who knows how to listen, because you don’t just listen to me, you listen to all the participants and the rules.”

Riley said the work experience will teach students life skills applicable to any job.

“Having a part-time job gives you the opportunity to learn and experience the outside world,” Riley said. “He teaches students how to handle taxes, how to handle HR and how to deal with customers.”

Josiah Riley, assistant director of intramural sports at Stanford University, talks with students about potential job opportunities. (Photo: Anna Feng)

This sentiment is echoed by Kaci, who said she believes jobs provide students with skills that are more valuable than earned money.

“My favorite thing about a student having a job is that it forces them to be organized and more importantly focus on time management,” Kaci said. “I think you should get paid for the hard work you put in, but it’s really about learning on a higher level how to manage your time.”

Many students attended the job fair and viewed the experience positively, including junior Haley Oba who recognized the benefits of getting a job.

“It’s good to gain experience and deal with people in retail,” Oba said.

According to Legarza Sports representative Aidan Jardon, the company is currently hiring fall camp coaches for a variety of sports, including football and street hockey, as well as science and technology programs.

“We train them in the summer and throughout the year on our programs, it’s a lot of fun,” Jardon said. “Kids learn, we love to learn, honestly everyone benefits. It’s a truly inclusive environment and we never point out negative things to anyone.

Jardon said they are primarily looking for open-minded students who are eager to learn and step out of their comfort zone.

“We’re really looking for someone who’s willing to try new things,” Jardon said. “If they can do that, they will be successful in our work, but also in the job market and as they grow. [a job] teaches a lot of life skills early on, especially in high school.

More information on other jobs also available to Paly students can be found here.

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