Air Station's semi-annual career expo wraps up

3 Oct 2011 | Lance Cpl. R. J. Driver

The Career Resources Center held its second career expo of the year at the Air Station’s Officers’ Club Thursday.

The semi-annual expo brought companies like Boeing and Gulfstream along with an assortment of colleges and local businesses to the Air Station’s Marines, sailors and spouses.

A majority of the employers attending the expo are “military friendly companies,” explained Rickey Johnson, Air Station career resources center
program manager.

He also explained the goal for the expo was to set up service members for success for when they are no longer in the military. Whether the option is going to school or joining the work force, there is an option for everyone.

With the Air Station being exactly that, an “air” station, the expo brought big-name, commercial aircraft companies so that mechanics and airframers could see what job opportunities are out there for them.

One such company was Gulfstream, which is based out of Savannah, Ga., and “has had representatives come and speak during the Transition Assistance Program classes to explain to the Marines what companies are exactly looking for in a potential employee, which adds a little weight to what we have been explaining to them throughout the week,” Johnson said.

He also mentioned the expos have been a success in the past.

The large number of attendees has much to do with the variety of employers and the variety of military occupational specialties found aboard the Air Station.

“Not all of our employers are looking for airplane mechanics,” Johnson said. “For example, Limestone College is looking for someone to be an instructor for their media program, which is right up the alley for a Marine in public affairs or combat camera.”

The next expo is scheduled for next spring. For more information or career resources, call 228-7701.