USP's STHM Hosts 8th Careers Fair - School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM)

USP's STHM Hosts 8th Careers Fair

Sixty-five graduating students from USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) will have an opportunity to talk directly with representatives from the employment sector to gain ideas on potential career paths and opportunities within those organisations.

The School has scheduled to hold their annual careers fair programme at Shangri-La Fijian Resort & Spa on September 26 which also gives prospect for employers to seek out potential students who will fit into their respective organisations.

“Now, in its eighth year, this event is being organised in consultation with industry stakeholders which will feature 16 different employers,” Programme Coordinator, Lorissa Hazelman said.

“Last year, approximately 86% of the student’s interviewed were hired by various participating organisations. Bachelors of Commerce in Hotel Management students also attended the fair in an attempt to finalise their one-year internships,” Hazelman said.

The School also had a simple message for the students:

“Enjoy this great experience of being interviewed by Fiji’s premiere Tourism operators and promote all the strengths you have developed during your time at school and university. Show them what a great personality and attitude you have and how passionate you are about working for them and learning how to excel in the Tourism sector next year”.  

“The purpose of the fair is to allow the students to not only network and meet potential employers but also undergo mock interviews with industry participants to improve their confidence, compile a professional resume etc,” Hazelman said.

She said the fair was not exclusive to Fiji students but as a regional University they were happy to provide such an opportunity to the regional students as well.

“The value for them (regional students) is far greater as they do not have such opportunities at home where they can gain such exposure. We have students from the Solomon Islands and Cook Islands also attending this year’s fair,” she said.

Evelina Posala from Solomon Islands is delighted to be part of this careers fair.

“This event is important because it gives me an opportunity to experience real life interviews when searching for job back home in Honiara and it will also give me the confidence to attend interviews,” she said.

Fellow student, Ashal Prasad said “it is a very important event in my calendar. The reaction from the careers fair is a turning point in our future employment.  As interns or fresh graduates we should have the attitude to learn as much as we can”.


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