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Toms Shoes hosts college Tech Career Day

CULVER CITY — Toms Shoes extended its tradition of giving by hosting Tech Career Day, a mock interview and networking event for students at West Los Angeles College Dec. 3. The program was in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce/Bixel Exchange and served 60 students.

Toms Shoes’ mission is to use business to improve lives. It’s trademark and business model, “One For One,” has helped improve the lives of millions around the world by donating shoes, eyewear and more.

Giving is so important to the company that even CEO Jim Alling personally lent a helping hand. He met with students individually and role-played as an employer during the mock interviews.

“Giving Tuesday is a special day,” Alling said. “Obviously we’re a company that was founded with giving at its core.”

In his greeting to students he said, “This is about helping you try to share those special things about yourself.”

West L.A. College President James Limbaugh greeted the gathering of 40 Toms staff, students and faculty and thanked Toms for bringing the event to campus.

“The value today is the corporate/college relationship,” Limbaugh said. “What you’re doing is such a complement to what we’re trying to do and we hope this is the first of many opportunities that we’ll be able to partner with a company of the caliber of Toms.”

The mock interviews were held in multiple adjacent rooms of the college library where students received coaching and learned how to handle a variety of questions thrown at them.

On the building’s balcony, a sweeping view from Marina del Rey to the Century City business district was the backdrop as students learned how to “work the room,” moving from table to table during a speed networking activity.

Reflecting on the event, West L.A. College student Johnathon said, “[The Toms reps] interviewed me and threw me a lot of unexpected questions and I learned I needed to practice thinking on my feet. It opened my mind to [information technology] and how I can open doors to so many other opportunities.”

Another student said “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to see where the workforce is going and really excited that I was able to connect with the people from Toms. I learned that my approach in professional conversation needs to me more concise.

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