Students filled Matador Square to learn about career opportunities

Male student stands across table, speaking to female student
Students gathered for the 19th Annual Majors Fair Wednesday, an the Matador Square. (Magaly Barajas / The Sundial)

Students gathered in the Matador Square to learn about the different educational opportunities the CSUN campus has to offer.

“[This event] allows students that are declared and undecided to get more information about majors and minors,” said Equal Opportunity Programs Career Counselor Hector Carrillo.

The 19th Annual Majors Fair on Wednesday gave students the ability to learn and have a one-on-one session with CSUN department representatives. Approximately 600 to 800 students attend the event each year, Carrillo said.

“It’s a one-way stop,” Carrillo said. “Where students can get information about any question they have about potential careers.”

Since 2007, Carrillo has had to think strategically on how to keep the event on campus.

Since budget cuts have impacted the event over the years, Carrillo looks for sponsors on and off-campus.

Changes have been made to the event each year. The main focus is to target students to attend, so they can seek answers about future careers, Carrillo said.

“I’m a business major and I’m looking for a minor that doesn’t have anything to do with business,” said business major Oscar Miranda. “Here, I’m able to explore my options.”

Anywhere from the Career Center to the College of Health and Human Development, to the Central American Studies staff, were able to assist students with information.

“We help students explore a specific career path like the different types of jobs they could get with their degrees,” said Career Counselor and Employment Program Coordinator Daniel Levitch said.

If students are not clear on a major or considering a change, the Center welcomes students to set up an appointment, according to Levitch. He said there is a number of resources available for students.

“I’m interested in getting a master’s in public health,” said sophomore Mario Meza. “The people here were able to direct me to the right person to answer all my questions.”

Students from all backgrounds attended the event. Students learned information about upcoming events in departments and the different types of internships offered for a major and minor.

“I chose my minor without knowing much about it,” said child and adolescent development major Natalie Barrios. “Today I was able to learn more about my minor and I feel more confident about what jobs I will be able to get with it.”