Google your name and see what comes up. When I googled mine I stumbled upon an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times back in 1992. Back then I was in college at CSULB working towards a degree in Industrial Design. I did want to get a job in the design field but there were few jobs in general. Particularly for a college student wanting a job in the design field. Someone had mentioned to go to city hall and see what they had. This article talks about the job climate at that time. Here is an excerpt of the article. Click on the link to see the full article. Then go Google your name. See what comes up.

Good Jobs but No Pay - Deficit-Ridden City Saves Money, Fills Gaps With Volunteers


NORWALK — Doris Carter could not find the job she really wanted, so the city let her create one. Now she spends four hours a week helping children read.

Katherine Portillo, who wants to become a police officer, spends part of her 15-hour work week writing tickets for motorists.

And, using his experience as a graphic designer, student Ed Madinya designed the logo for the new Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex.

Their perks include flexible hours and a nice work environment. The only catch is that the jobs don't pay.

The deficit-ridden city is saving money and filling gaps in its depleted job force with volunteers.

Modeled after a 10-year-old program in the Northern California city of Sunnyvale, the Norwalk volunteer service has 86 workers, coordinator Gary DiCorpo said. More than 130 volunteers have worked for the city since the program began July 1.

"Our goal was to bring in 100 volunteers in one year, and we are way ahead of that," DiCorpo said.

Volunteers worked 389 hours in August, 360 hours in September, 859 hours in October, and 521 hours in November. DiCorpo said more volunteers than usual worked in October during the city's Halloween parade and carnival. In November, the opening of the sports complex accounted for the increase.

Carter said she volunteered because she wants to teach children that it is fun to read. She knew that other cities run literacy programs, but Norwalk did not have one. When she approached the city about starting one, officials were delighted.

The city donated money for books of short stories, which the children take turns reading aloud.

Carter, who works full-time as a customer service supervisor for a food distribution company, was surprised at the response from the community for the eight-week program. She has 24 children and more on a waiting list.

"The kids I work with are really bright, and they enjoy reading with their peers," she said. "My determination is that they will want to read and excel on their own."

Interested in a career in law enforcement, Portillo works 6 to 15 hours a week for the city as a volunteer reserve officer. The city contracts with the Sheriff's Department to patrol city streets but also has a crew of reserve officers who support the deputies.

"This is giving me good experience, something I don't have a lot of right now," she said. In addition to writing tickets, she helps dispatch reserve officers and types manuals and reports.

Portillo recently applied for a job as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. "I included this (volunteer experience) on my application," she said.

Madinya, who has about four semesters remaining until graduation from Cal State Long Beach, said he tried for months to find an internship with a company where he could use his skills as a graphic designer. When that failed, he volunteered to design a logo for the new Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex. City officials plan to use the logo on sports complex stationery.

He said he is treating the volunteer position like an internship. "After this exposure, and with meeting a lot of people and networking through this, I will get my foot more in the door," he said. "I'm very lucky to have this job."