Around a dozen local teens, either still in high school or recently graduated, stopped by the Yolo County Office of Education’s career fair and resource expo held in the Leake Center below the Woodland Public Library, located at 250 First St.
In partnership with the Woodland Public Library and Yolo Works, the YCOE held a job fair and expo for those searching for a summer job. Earlier in the week, some of the same teens in attendance participated in a prep workshop where they received resume tips and practiced interview skills.
With about a dozen booths in attendance, the job fair let them put what they learned to use.
“It was nice to get them all in one space, and I think the setting was also important,” said the Teen Services Librarian Sara Day. “This gets them in a less daunting position than getting out there asking for a job. They can learn about these organizations without the pressures of being in a formal interview. ”
The Yolo County Office of Education had its own booth at the expo as well as other places such as the Indian Valley Health Clinic, Clark Pacific, MOD Pizza, Rite Aid, Amazon, Yolo Works, and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.
Day mentions that the teen advisory board made suggestions about where teens would like to work. With a list ready, then began reaching out to see who was free to send over a representative.
“It’s awesome to see them here, and I’m grateful they joined us on a Friday,” Day said. “Part of my job is so fulfilling because of events like this. Being able to help teens in the community is my job, so it’s nice to see when they take the initiative in their future. Woodland has a lot of really great things to offer, so it’s nice that we can help show them the many things we can do. ”
Day mentioned that she hopes the Library can host the event again earlier next year to account for some company’s hiring periods. She also notes that Adulting 101 is scheduled to return this September and will be at the Yolo County Office of Education building located at 1280 Santa Anita Ct.
There are a lot of resources in the community that happen without us needing to put on an event, ”Day said. “Anyone is free to reach out to anyone here at the Library, and we can point you in the right direction, so come by.”