Talk with professionals at GHS career fair in April

Gilroy – Parents: Banking on your child winning an Oscar after
high school? Don’t send him to Hollywood without attending Gilroy
High School’s career fair on April 28 at GHS theater to learn more
about plan B.
Gilroy – Parents: Banking on your child winning an Oscar after high school? Don’t send him to Hollywood without attending Gilroy High School’s career fair on April 28 at GHS theater to learn more about plan B.

There, students can talk to established professionals about their career options.

“That’s how I decided on a career,” said Lillian Castillo a parent club member and founder of the fair who works as a nutritionist for the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department. “I attended (a career fair) and someone spoke and I was like, ‘Oh, that sounds interesting,’

“This is so valuable – you don’t want to wait until someone’s a senior – before you have a career fair – you want to make sure they’re on the right track” when scheduling courses, Castillo said.

More than 400 GHS students completed a survey she designed to determine which career fields students were most interested in learning more about. Responses ranged from arts and entertainment to business and computers.

She also researched careers that would be “hot” in the job market 10 years from now.

“We have a diverse population at Gilroy High School – I wanted to make sure we reach all segments of the population.”

Teachers at GHS have agreed to give students extra credit for attending the fair. And if that isn’t incentive enough – the Parent Club will be raffling off a PlayStation and IPOD in addition to gift certificates to the Gilroy outlets. “The longer you stay, the better chances you have of winning,” Castillo said.

While on paper the fair is organized, there are some loose ends. Not all of the 11 career fields have speakers lined up to speak, and there is not enough money to fund the cost of printing registration forms or advertisements. Despite donations from the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and the Gilroy Rotary Club – more funding is needed.

“There’s no money in the budget, and I need help. I need volunteers,” she said. “The county at large benefits. Everyone benefits from an environment with happy, working kids. I know Gilroy will come through.”

The career fair will be from 4 to 8:30pm Thursday, April 28 at the GHS theater.

Interested in helping? Lillian Castillo can be reached at 847-4610.

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