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Career Day at Rancho Cordova

September 7, 2011
Cordova students pose in their professional attire.

Students and graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program on the Rancho Cordova Campus received a unique Career Day experience.  The day was filled with tips to help graduates and current students fine-tune their career professional skills.  Alumni had an opportunity to meet and network with the hiring managers of several local hospitals and current students had the opportunity to practice the career skills they are developing while attending SJVC.

During registration, students were greeted by the Respiratory Therapy Department Manager for University of California Davis Medical Center, Patricia Brown, RCP, BA.  Brown later provided a plethora of information for our eager students regarding seeking employment with the prestigious organization and tips to help them interview well.  She welcomed and answered as many questions as the students had, helping to resolve the typical faux pas of interviewing and resume writing.

Students also had an opportunity to hear from successful SJVC Alumni who are doing well in the field.  Alumni shared their successes and failures that they have experienced along their journey which provided inspiration and motivation for our students to continue working towards the goals they have set for themselves as future Respiratory Therapists!

During our breakout session, students had the opportunity to be critiqued by hiring managers from various hospitals and career programs such as Sutter Roseville, Fremont Rideout, Mercy Folsom and SETA.  Students performed mock interviews and were given feedback and tips on their personal resumes,  internet job searching, and interview attire.

The afternoon session was conducted by Nadien Menke, RRT, RCP of Sutter Roseville.  Her PowerPoint presentation on interviewing was very informative and opened the eyes of many of our students to improve their interviewing skills.

Ending the day with raffles and prizes, students and graduates alike were pleased with the wealth of knowledge they received at the Career Day and look forward to the next one!

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