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Career Fair opens doors

by Lindsey Rowland, staff writer


A lanai full of opportunity-seeking students sought advice from potential employers at the Health, Science, and Social Services Career Fair at the Hawai‘i Loa campus on October 15, 2004. Students wandered from table to table accepting brochures and advice from representatives from organizations such as Hawai‘i Health Systems, the U.S. Navy Officer program, the state Department of Education, and more.

“We want students to explore what options they have,” said Dr. Carol Winters-Moorhead, dean of nursing. “The sky is the limit. There is a shortage of nurses here as well as internationally; students can see that there are opportunities everywhere.”

The career fair was the place to be for students who want internships or are very close to entering the work force. Ada Jauregui, an HPU student and Pre-Med Society officer, was out scouting internships for her program. “I am a volunteer trying to find out about internships for pre-physical therapy majors,” she said. Jauregui planned to take internship information back to the Pre-Med Society and inform her peers about what’s out there.

Colorful boards with pictures and catchy phrases such as “Troops to Teachers” attracted students to take a closer look at the requirements needed to get certain jobs in the Hawai‘i Department of Education. The Troops to Teachers program allows people who are getting out of the service or who are retired military to work in the Hawai‘i school system.

The career fair also was a chance for representatives from different organizations to interview potential interns. Companies could also complete an internship order form, letting the Career Service Center at HPU, the department that sponsored the fair, know what types of interns these organization were looking for, and what qualifications HPU students need in order to apply, and what the companies offered interns.

One place definitely offering jobs was the Mau‘i Police Department. Captain Schmitt, from the Lahaina station, said: “There are 30-45 vacancies alone in Mau‘i for officers and dispatchers.” Schmitt added that Mau‘i is one of the busiest police stations in the islands. It currently employs 300 people and is looking to recruit more.



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