Mahalo to everyone who joined us for this Spring 2021 virtual Career Fair that was held over spring break from March 16th to March 18th! An extra big mahalo to all the presenters who took the time to give our students the opportunity to talk, network and learn more about the different companies.

The UH Manoa Virtual Career Fair was the first career fair I have ever attended and I am so glad I did! Career fairs can play an essential role in a college student’s future. Many people can be intimidated by career fairs, but career fairs are actually an outstanding way to network. They not only give students the chance to potentially find a job, but they also allow students to get their foot in the door in the business world. Career fairs are also a good source for understanding all of the different careers available for students with a specific degree/major. Through my attendance, I spoke with many different companies and learned valuable information. The ones I found to be most interesting were First Hawaiian Bank, FBI, and Kamehameha Schools.

First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) offers an award winning training and development program to set you up for success. At First Hawaiian Bank they work alongside a group of dynamic thinkers, innovators, and leaders who thrive together as a team. They also offer a fun, collaborative, and challenging environment where you are empowered to make decisions. They pride themselves on their company culture and core values: Caring, Character, and Collaboration.

Career Clusters for FHB:

Accounting & Finance; Business Management & Administration; Information Technology & Computer Science; Mathematics & Science

At the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Special Agents bring their skills, talents, hearts and integrity to their crucial roles — getting ahead of threats, upholding the law, defending civil rights and civil liberties and protecting innocent people. Many Special Agents bring backgrounds in fields not related to intelligence, surveillance and law enforcement. This includes established professionals, those seeking a second career and whose unique backgrounds and traits bring significant assets to the FBI.

Career Clusters for FBI:

Accounting & Finance; Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Engineering & Technical Systems; Government & Public Administration; Health Sciences; Human Services; Information Technology & Computer Science; Law, Public Safety & Security; Marketing & Sales; Mathematics & Science; Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Kamehameha Schools offer a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative work environment for individuals who embrace culture and diversity, are growth minded, and understand that pilina — relationship building — both internal and external are critical to success. They are deeply committed to strengthening Hawaiian identity throughout their organization and finding the right people for the right roles, who bring talent and passion to their mission.

Career Clusters for Kamehameha Schools:

Accounting & Finance; Arts, AV Technology & Communications; Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Information Technology & Computer Science; Mathematics & Science

Overall, the career fair was a great success for me. I was able to observe more positions allowed by my major. I had long and great conversations with many potential employers. I also felt like a high prospect to many of them. On the last day of the career fair, it made me feel very confident when I left, and I believe that confidence will carry into the future!