“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
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,
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.., more than 600 students registered
and invested time to meet prospective employers from more
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
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
“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
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
“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
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.
able to share pertinent experiences with the students as well as