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600+ students network with 66 employers

by Karen Mirikitani



Still searching for that special dream job? You may have missed an opportunity. On March 4, HPU’s Business and Technology Career Fair provided many students and alumni a chance to network, research, and perhaps even find employment in these two prime fields.


“The Career Fair was very well organized, and it was very pleasant to be a part of it as a volunteer,” said Daniella Ramirez, a literature major.

Participating students came from a variety of majors, including both graduate and undergraduate programs in communications, computer information systems, business, marketing, nursing, and travel industry management. And there were lots of undergraduates from other majors, too, including international relations, literature, and theater.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.., more than 600 students registered and invested time to meet prospective employers from more than 60 businesses in a variety of industries throughout Hawai‘i . “We were surprised by the variety of employers who came out to recruit and support event,” said Lianne Maeda, director of the Career Services Center.

Students came professionally prepared: dressed in business attire and with current résumés to hand to agency representatives and recruiters.

A number of HPU faculty and staff also visited the fair, which was held in the lobby and mall areas of 1132 Bishop St.

Sponsored by the HPU’s Career Services Center, with more than 80 student volunteers assisting in various positions, the special event has become an excellent venue for potential job seekers and networking opportunities for everyone.

“ A great effort was given by all volunteers,” said Evie Taylor, HPU international student advisor. “We really appreciated their efforts.”

“I think the Career Fair is a great opportunity for students to become familiar with what kind of jobs are out there for them to pursue after graduation,” said Sheila Simao, Spirit Club member.

Most of the behind-the-scenes manpower for the event was provided by HPU clubs. Participating RIOs included the Spirit Club and the HPU Graduate Student Organization. Intercampus departments such as the HPU Library staff, International Student Services personnel, Career Services Center staff, and international student advisors also provided help.

“ HPU’s Career Fair is an excellent time for networking opportunities for all students,” said Hyun Underwood, CSC Career advisor. “We would not have made this event successful without the generous assistance and support from all the volunteers who took the time off to help us out.”

Information sessions were held in such topics as how to “Get Your Career Moving,” “Management Consulting Opportunities in Hawai‘i and Asia,” “Part-time Jobs with Full-time Benefits,” “The Hidden Job Market: Career Opportunities with Staffing Companies.” There was even a workshop in “Job Opportunities with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.”

Present were Island Movers, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Hawai‘i Air National Guard, and Altres Staffing.

“ The employers who participate in HPU’s Career Fair give more than 100 percent,” said Maeda.

“We always appreciate their participation, and every year the Career Fair always gets better and exceeds our expectations.”

Students who attended gave invaluable feedback for Maeda and her staff: “Very informational. Many choices, and lots of people to speak with,” said Shiho Kawano, MATESL student. “I was given the information about the Career Fair prior to the event, and it proved very helpful and gave me a nice head start before I graduate.”

Nursing student Michelle Tolentino said that she and her classmate, Alice Ra, found many opportunities for students and job seekers at this career fair. “It’s been great for both of us, especially coming from nursing; we have a chance to find a company that catches our interest,” said Tolentino.

Employers also had high praise for the fair: “The event was an excellent opportunity to recruit high caliber candidates!” said Caroline Ekau from Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. “I look forward to participating in future events with HPU.”

Some companies, such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, John Hancock Financial Services, and W-Honolulu, even send HPU alumni as their representatives. These were able to share pertinent experiences with the students as well as information about current openings.


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