A representative from the Bank of the South Pacific speaks to students during the Entrepreneurial and Career Fair exposition at the Laucala Campus.
Students of The University of the South Pacific (USP) have made good use of the annual Entrepreneurial and Career Fair at the Laucala Campus.
First year students Avorosa Mataivugalei and David Nute, who are both in the Bachelor of Electrical/Electronic programme said they were happy with such an initiative.
“We count ourselves lucky to be exposed to opportunities like this where we can meet with industry representatives and ask questions firsthand about their organisations and the job market in general,” Mataivugalei said.
Nute said, “This is the first time for us to be here at such an event and we find the sessions here very informative.”
Foundation student Catherine Williams, 22 said it was great meeting employers face-to-face and hearing what they expect of graduates when joining the workforce.
Her colleague Lusiana Lidia said such programmes were timely because it allowed them to better choose their career paths while studying.
“There is a whole range of industry representatives from various fields and it really is exciting to be aware of career paths that are available to us,” Lidia said.
According to the Group Training Manager of Tappoo Group of Companies, Mr Altaab Khan, quality graduates from USP reflects the quality of the University’s programmes.
“We meet a lot of aspiring employees in the industry, and what we have seen among USP graduates, is that they are more assertive and have the willingness to transfer their knowledge into the industry,” he said.
Having joined the Entrepreneurial and Career for the first time this year, Mr Khan commended USP for having a platform to engage with employers and speak about the wide range of employment opportunities on offer.
British American Tobacco Human Resources Executive, Mr Aman Kumar said the response from students this year had been very encouraging.
“A lot of students have come in to enquire about the many job opportunities that we have and we have been responding very well to them. So far, it has been good,” he said.
Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) Communication officer, Mr Epi Rawalai said they were encouraged by the demand from students seeking information on their preferred respective career paths.
“We have been participating in USP’s Entrepreneurial and Career Fair from the beginning and we are so glad that a lot of other government departments and employers are participating this time around,” he noted.
“This is an opportune time for employers to use in showcasing their services and letting students know what they should expect of the workplace when they eventually join,” Mr Rawalai said.
A total of 60 employers were part of this event which provided the students with the opportunity to interact with prospective employers, gain valuable contacts and learn about the current vacancies in the job market.
USP’s Entrepreneurial and Career Fair is now an annual event.
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