Dozens of allied health students and Brookdale alumni sat down with one of the largest employers in the state on June 30 during the Barnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center Career Fair at the Long Branch Higher Education Center.
Barnabas representatives met one-on-one with attendees to discuss a wide range of open positions at the company and the Long Branch-based hospital.
From office management and account representation to EKG technician and medical assistant positions, the event offered career options for students of all interests and experience levels.
For Iris Cruz, a former graphic designer making the transition into health care, it was an opportunity to test the waters of her future career field.
“I was always afraid to attend a job fair or apply to hospitals because I didn’t have the experience, but now that I’m taking the Patient Care Technician (PCT) here course I feel much more confident,” said Cruz, a Long Branch resident who will join Brookdale’s nursing program this fall.
“I’m excited to see what’s out there.”
Event co-organizers Anne LaPorta and Erin Mattsson said the job fair is part of a long-running, mutually beneficial relationship with Barnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center. The hospital, which partnered with Brookdale to open a new PCT training lab this spring, serves as a clinical training center for allied health students and regularly hires graduates from specific programs.
The job fair, LaPorta said, was the next logical step.
“We said, ‘We’ll just bring the students to you,'” LaPorta said. “We let students know in advance exactly which positions were open and what the requirements were for each. So today they came prepared to apply for a specific position, and they knew that this employer was coming here to hire. It’s a great partnership.”
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Featured Photo: Ellen Ceccarelli of Union Beach meets with Barnabas Health representative Jamie Sisler during the June 30 career fair in Long Branch.