Fall 2017 Career Fair exceeds expectations of Career Services staff

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Jordan Cortez

BYU-Hawaii students interacted with 25 employers and 11 graduate schools at the annual Career Fair on Oct. 12.

Alexis Jimenez, a sophomore from California studying communications, is the marketing and events team lead who put the Career Fair together. She said the event completely exceeded her expectations and she was extremely happy to see employers and students exchanging so much information.

When Jimenez spoke about how much these fairs can help students, she chuckled and stated, “The recruiter that is here today from Maximum Senior Benefits LLC actually got his job at Career Fair.”

Ruth Riggs, BYU Public Health Graduate Program manager, said the program staff have “always been impressed with students from BYUH. We have a girl from here in our program now. We love her and she is doing great things, so we want to recruit more people like that.”

Riggs said although admissions for the program can be tough, students who express passion about public health, have good recommendation letters and a bachelor’s degree are more than welcome to apply.

Connor Kent, a junior from Idaho studying supply chain management, said he went to “see what opportunities I’d be able to have and what companies BYUH has solid relationships with. I came to find an internship for the summer and [find] what is out there.”

Kent stated that because he is going to be in between his junior and senior year, finding an internship is crucial. “If I can prove well in an internship with a good company, they can offer me a full-time job, and I can be set after graduation.” Among the companies he said he enjoyed most were Fergusen, a “huge” distributor in the hotel industry, and Maddison Creek Partners, where he was able to connect well with some future employment opportunities.

Suzanne Whitehead, the director of Help International, came from Montana to represent her group. She noted noted that after students gained experience working for Help, many students change their majors because they learn so much about themselves.

Director of Alumni and Career Services Mark McDonald said in preparation for the fair, his team “puts out open invitations to all employers and graduate programs around the country. Typically we get about 30 to 50 participants. Usually two-thirds of them are employers and one-third are graduate schools.”

McDonald also said that BYU-Hawaii charges $125 for these employers and schools to have a booth at the fair.

If students missed out on the Career Fair or want to reconnect with someone they met at fair, McDonald had two pieces of advice: “Get on Handshake. You can find all the employers who were here today and reach out to them. Also come into the Career Services office. We would love to help in any way.” More than 300 universities are already using Handshake. At the career fair, McDonald and his team were training employers to use Handshake to find future employees.

When asked what advice she would give to students still unsure about their future plans, Jimenez said, “Continue to reach out to Alumni and Career Services. In addition to the Career Fair, we can help with resumes, internships, and making sure we are doing everything we can to help with their futures.”

Date Published: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Last Edited: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017