Through its new initiative, Advancing San Diego, San Diego Regional EDC is hosting a FREE virtual industry event that will bring together employers and students of San Diego schools for a day of career exploration, professional development, company information sessions, peer learning, and networking. Open to local high school and college students, the event welcomes those with diverse education backgrounds and majors to make valuable connections to San Diego companies and learn more about career opportunities in industries that continue to grow despite economic uncertainty.
The virtual conference will feature five workshops that are available to stream on-demand for a full 24 hours, and a keynote session from Lee Wills, Head of Inclusion and Talent Acquisition at Sony. We will also have a virtual career fair where students will get to network live with corporate representatives from local companies from 3:30 – 5:30PM.
The world of work has changed overnight, and students who were graduating into the hottest labor market in a generation are now facing record unemployment. However, there are still shortages for in-demand jobs. Join this session to gain insights, network with industry professionals, and interact with San Diego companies still looking to hire local talent.
*Companies participating in the career fair are listed below.
8:30 – 10:00am
Students connect with recruiters through our virtual career fair platform. This session is open to computer science and engineering students - afteroon career fair is open to all.
10:00 – 10:20am
Keynote speaker Lee Wills of Sony will provide students with an uplifting message about career exploration in these economically uncertain times, offering strategies for navigating the job market and staying focused on career goals.
10:30 – 11:20am
Industry experts will address the current state of the workplace, and how jobs might look different right now and for years to come. Students will learn which jobs are on the rise in San Diego, and how they can prepare now for an internship or entry-level position in growing industries. Focus on biotech, machine learning/AI, cybersecurity, and data science.
11:30 – noon
Students will join breakout sessions in the student lounge for peer learning, career advice, and a chance to connect with fellow students from schools throughout San Diego. Facilitated by San Diego Regional EDC staff, including current interns
12:15 – 1:15pm
In a digital world powered by rapidly evolving technology, securing our information and protecting our IP is more important than ever. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand in San Diego. During this session, industry reps will discuss the future of cyber and lend advice on how to prepare for a career in this growing field.
1:30 – 3:40pm
1:30 - 2:05 Pathways to tech careers: Whether you’re a high school student who wants to learn more about jobs in software, or are considering a career change into the tech field, this session will highlight different education pathways to consider. You’ll hear directly from students and alums from a variety of programs throughout San Diego who will share their experience.
2:15 – 2:50 Build your personal brand & nail the interview: Hiring managers share their best advice for standing out during the hiring process, from tips on building a strong resume and cover letter, to interviewing techniques, to staying focused on your career goals even if you don’t land your dream job right away.
3:00 – 3:40 How San Diego companies are transforming communities: Students hear from San Diego companies about how they are helping our community navigate challenging times, providing solutions to address our most pressing challenges in connectivity, education, small business support, and energy.
3:30 – 5:30pm
Students connect with recruiters through our virtual career fair platform. This session is open to all attendees.
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