Students at The University of the South Pacific (USP) are thrilled with the opportunity to engage with some well-known companies and organisations in Fiji during the three-day USP Careers Fair.
Underway at the USP Laucala Campus, this initiative aims to provide current students and recent graduates the chance to explore the work market in Fiji and learn how they can successfully transition from university life to the workforce.
USP, the premier institution in Fiji and the Pacific, is committed to holistically developing its students through learning and assistance in finding employment opportunities and placement in the job market.
Second-year student Eroni Rogolea, who visited several booths at the Careers Fair today, said this is an excellent initiative for him and his friends as they can have one-on-one sessions with potential employers to prepare them for life after their studies.
“I visited several booths today and talked to some organisations I wish to join later. I enjoyed talking to them and learning about what they look for when assessing someone’s eligibility and for employment opportunities.”
“I know I speak for many current students and recent graduates that this holistic approach is exactly what we need. Linking current students to organisations and the workforce is critical to ensuring a smooth transition and stability when we leave school to look for work.”
The USP Careers Fair for 2023 gathered 38 companies/organisations with professionals and industry leaders to give insight to students and talk about employment opportunities for graduating interns and final-year students.
It is a platform through which students can gain valuable contacts and learn about vacancies in the job market.
Officiating at the launch of the Careers Fair, Acting Head of the School of Law and Social Sciences Professor Sandra Tarte said that this annual event is a testament to the commitment of our institution (USP) to nurture and guide the aspirations of our students as they embark on the journey to shaping their futures.
“The theme of “connections to your future” embodies the essence of what we as an institution are all about. It encapsulates the belief that our students are not just within the walls of a classroom. They are torchbearers of change, innovation and progress in the real world,” Professor Tarte added.
While speaking to USP students in Fiji and across the region, Professor Tarte highlighted that USP has always been committed to providing a world-class education. “One that equips you with knowledge and empowers you to connect that knowledge to the world beyond this campus. We believe in nurturing a holistic education and encourage critical thinking, adaptability and creativity.”
Professor Tarte encouraged all the students to make the most of the three-day event to engage, explore and cultivate the connections that will lead towards their future.
Companies and organisations are also running simultaneous workshops to provide students with interview and job tips, how to enter the workforce and expert advice to help students choose their careers.
The three-day Careers Fair ends today (October 6, 2023).