Sep 18, 2020 Last Updated 5:56 AM, Sep 18, 2020

Women's empowerment, COVID amongst career fair themes

  • Sep 10, 2020
  • By  Andrea Ma'ahanua
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The University of the South Pacific (USP) recently invited 30 employers to engage in a two-day exposition at its annual Career and Internship Fair.

The event was organized by USP’s Career and Entrepreneurship Center, Campus Life and allows USP students to learn about graduate training programs, attend career planning workshop sessions and interact with potential employers from the public and private sectors.  The theme for this year’s fair was “Your Future Direction”.

Amongst the speakers at the event were three female engineers from the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA). Amor Acapulco and her colleagues spoke extensively about women’s empowerment in the male dominated career field.  

“Civil engineering is not only for men… there are a lot successful women in engineering, like all the women sitting in front of me, and I believe even more can succeed.  I have done it, so could you,” she emphasised.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the recruitment patterns were also major part of discussions at the event. Martha Wedlock, an employee of Mind Pearl underlined this issue.

“I want to educate students that even though the aviation companies and other businesses are slowing down, that’s not the end of it.”

Wedlock said that Mind Pearl and other organisations will continue to adapt their business practices and showcase resilience in the face of current economic climate, by sharing knowledge and through in-house training opportunities to enhance employee skills.

Meandering through the exposition booths, fourth year law student Pelenaisi Tu’i encouraged fellow USP students to fully utilise this opportunity. 

“It’s a great opportunity for students because it will give them more knowledge, and when they go out to work they will know what to do,” she said. 

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