Recently Lianne Maeda, director of the CSC,
visited Dr. James Whitfield’s communication internship
class, where she presented the benefits of Career Services’ online
and walk-in assistance.
Annually the CSC helps nearly 4,000 to 6,000 students find
a job, said Maeda. This is done in a variety of ways, from
counseling visits to weekly employee recruiting events--the FBI
event, for example-- to the big guns, a variety of semiannual
career fairs, some for general employment and others for employers
and students with a special career focus such as health (nursing,
social work, justice administration, and so on). According to
Maeda, there’s no limit to the kind or number of companies
students can access through the CSC, and many companies come
directly to HPU looking for employees.
Maeda stressed how important it is for students to start seeking
a job before they graduate, and she challenged the students in
the class to visit the CSC Web site and experience the services
the center offers. The CSC and its career counselors can help
students from the first steps, finding what they are looking
for in a job, to developing a list of career opportunities around
the world upon and even after graduation. Whether a student is
local, national, or international, and whether he or she is looking
for a part-time job to get through school, or a local, national,
or international career position, or change, the CSC can help.
Even years after graduation, the Career Services Center can assist
alumni from anywhere in the world in finding a job anywhere in
The CSC holds workshops regularly, Maeda said, to assist students
and graduates in preparing resumes, cover letters, interviews,
and specialized job-seeking techniques. And she reminded the
students that for the fall semester there are two more events
scheduled: the West Coast Consortium of Law Schools will be at
HPU December 2, and on December 9, the FBI will be back with
another information session for students interested in a variety
of law enforcement careers.
The CSC’s goal is to inform job seekers “how it is
out there,” said Maeda. To the best of their ability, CSC
counselors will analyze a student’s situation and help
the student find a job or a career position that will suit the
student’s personal profile.
Maeda’s best advice for success at the Career Center: be
serious about finding a job and be honest with the counselors,
so they can do their jobs.
Anyone seeking a job or soon to be seeking a job should check
out the Web site on HPU Pipeline, or make an appointment at the
Career Services Center, Maeda said. And she added: Don’t
forget that there is no time limitation on using the center.
It will always be available to serve HPU students, graduates,