Well. I've survived both the midterm and the job fair and I'm here to tell you: it's nicer on this side of both of them!
The test was hard, but I spent literally 5 hours before the test studying with several other students in the class. I think we all learned stuff - I know I did. I don't know yet how I did on the test, but I'm pretty sure I passed it.
The job fair was much better than I expected. I wore a new skirt and top with a bright red lightweight cardigan and Merrie did eye make up for me. (She was very pleased to be able to help!)
Anyway, I got there early and spent some time before the "Plenary Session" (FFS, why would they call it that? It was a presentation in which people who work in the company told us what it's like to work there and how to apply for jobs. I mean, sure, it was a meeting in which everyone who could attend, did so, but it's a pretty pretentious way to say general meeting, no?)
... right. So, before my Plenary Session started, I spent some time talking to employees manning the tables with information about the different departments. I learned stuff about the types of jobs available (LOTS of plumbing jobs, as would be expected, and lab jobs). I saw a couple of people from my school - which reminds me.
The reason I knew about this was because students and recent grads from my school were allowed to register early for the job fair. I immediately signed up - even if I'm not interested in working there, it's a possible job and honestly, it's practice for the whole Job Search process.
Anyway, I only saw two people from my school. I expected to see more - there are a LOT of kids in the biochem program and I know a lot of them. I was surprised that so few were there.
Then, the Plenary Session ... um, sessioned. We were told several times (more than once by each person who discussed specifics) that it is important to check one's grammar and spelling, and to answer the question asked, rather than wandering off on tangents.
The six Sample Employees talked about What They Like About Working At EBMUD and How They Got Hired and What They Do For/At EBMUD ... it was amusing and interesting and I did learn things about my water company.
One woman is a Wastewater Operations Supervisor; she discussed wastewater treatment, recycled water programs, and mentioned that they're dealing with more food waste than they had been before. During the Q&A bit, a couple of people asked questions about benefits and stuff, but I asked if 'recycled water' is 'grey water' and if so, how they connect the systems and what sort of uses they have for the water ...
The woman who'd mentioned it looked at me and I could see the moment she shifted from General Polite Interest to Focused Attention - her whole *self* sharpened suddenly and she answered half the question and handed the other half off to someone who had more complete information. I thanked them and considered my question answered.
After the Plenary Session, the group separated into three groups - Veterans, The Trades, and Admin/Professional, for more job-type specific information about the application process.
You'll note the divisions, yes? Now, I'm not a Veteran (they're a separate group because they have different application specifics), and I'm not a Trade (plumbing, machinist stuff, vehicular stuff). However, what does Administration/Professional mean to you?
It includes Laboratory and Engineering - in the 'Professional' heading - but it's not obvious (to me) that it does. If the heading had been Admin/Engineering, that would have been clearer, but 'Professional' is ... less clear.
Anyway, I trotted off to my group meeting. I seemed to be the only one who was there NOT for admin work. The whole meeting - an HOUR or more - was about exactly what sort of admin stuff they could expect to be doing and what sorts of admin jobs there are in the company and then, oh god, a series of screen shots of the application process.
After that was all done, I mentioned to the HR woman that the Admin/Professional pairing is a bit odd and confusing (it's the first time they've done this and she specifically said she wanted feedback about the process and set up, so I gave it to her. There were other things I could have mentioned, but I stopped there.)
While I was talking to her, I noticed that the woman I'd asked the question of in the Plenary Session had come into the room and was standing nearby. I assumed she wanted to talk to her co-worker, so I stepped away from them and ... the Wastewater Operations Supervisor squared up to me, grinned broadly and said, "So, what job are YOU here for?"
I goggled for a heartbeat, then introduced myself and said that I'm here for a job in a lab. She lit up, declared that Wastewater Processing has a lab, gave me her *personal* work number and her hours and told me to call and she'd get me a tour of the lab and the plant.
I, uh. I seem to have become visible. I'm going to update my LinkedIn Profile and call her. I'm kind of excited about it. I mean, what fun, right?
Then I came home, changed my clothes, and Geordie and I went out for a nice salad dinner.
Today we've been out looking at cats at the local pounds - Geordie calls them Kitty Prison.
I've finished a couple of pairs of knitted mitts, I have two sweaters I'm working on, and honestly, all I want to do is just knit, draw, and write.
I have to write a lab report for one of my classes and find something I wrote in another class so I can type it up to post online for that class.