Career Fair: Students meet recruiters to learn about jobs and internships

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Robinia Tan~Multimedia Journalist

To help students obtain opportunities and plan for the future, BYU-Hawaii Career Services sponsored the Career Fair held on March 7 in Aloha Center Ballroom.

In the ballroom, booths of various job recruiters were filled with pamphlets, gifts, snacks, and even multimedia to attract students and faculty to their tables. It was an opportunity for students to network with international and local recruiters and learn about job requirements and how to apply for jobs.

Alexi Burr, a senior majoring in business management from Florida, said, “Some of the things they offer here help you to network and start looking for the internships, volunteer opportunities, graduate programs in various schools like medical, law, and business, as well as just finding a job for after you graduate.”

While companies often require degrees in a subject, GEICO insurance representatives said the company does not require a degree but it still prefers if the student has a degree. Jennifer Pietri, the human resources manager, said, “Students that apply at Geico really need to enjoy helping people because you are helping people over the phone. So you need to be naturally nice and have a great attitude, very positive and friendly.”

For graduate school, students need to have at least a 3.0 GPA or 80 in TOELF, as well as a specific bachelor degree to apply. On the contrary, recruitment into government services like police officers and the U.S. Army and Navy, only require a degree depending on the jobs graduates wish to apply for. Some police officers can apply with a valid driver’s license, a high school diploma, be over age 20, and permission from the U.S. government. However, some officers’ jobs require them to be in charge of technology and computers that require an IT degree.

Stuart L. Worthius, the chair for BYU-Hawaii’s Computer Information Science Department, was also seen walking around observing the various booths and talking to the recruiter for some information. He said, “I want to see what job opportunities are out here so we can make sure our students get the best possible jobs and to make sure what we are teaching is relevant for the current job market.”

However, Stacy Christensen, a sophomore in graphic design from Washington, said the Career Fair didn’t have job opportunities for people with her major. “I am a graphic design major,” she said. “[The fair] didn’t seem that helpful to me because they are not targeting people with my major.”