Life Pacific University students appreciate the opportunity to meet prospective employers each year during the Career Fair sponsored by the Office of Calling and Vocation.
OCV Director Kristina Stover finds great satisfaction in overseeing the event that matches students with jobs and internships. “It’s one of our favorite events at LPU,” Kristina says.
This year, the event was held virtually using Handshake, a career platform that allows college students, employers, and recruiters to meet in group sessions and one-on-one meetings for interviews and presentations. Handshake also is the LPU job board where employers post available positions and internships for students. Although the online event presented new challenges, the technology also made it possible for employers far from the San Dimas campus to participate in the event this year.
"I got to meet up with a church I met last year and connect with them more about a potential job opportunity," Joseph (LPU Senior) says.
Perhaps most important, students at the LPU Career Fair discovered important resources that will help them develop their career path.
LPU senior Joseph Derbyshire will graduate soon with a bachelor degree in Transformational Ministry and says the career fair helped him reconnect during this all-important year with a potential employer. "I got to meet up with a church I met last year and connect with them more about a potential job opportunity," Joseph says.
College students everywhere hope to land the job of their dreams after they graduate, and the LPU Career Fair represents a wide range of employers from organizations that serve the needs of the homeless, churches, youth camps, and more. In survey responses after this year’s Career Fair, most people said they prefer an “in person” event, yet everyone was glad during a pandemic year to participate and share possibilities.
While most students select one or two sessions with employers, Esthela Velazquez, Eryn Wise Clark, Steven Salcido, Troian Stroot, and David Cortes showed just how committed to the process they were by participating in four or more sessions during the Career Fair. Kristina says they were overachievers and that their participation made them “the bosses of preparing for their futures. So proud! Well done, students!”
Kristina knows the challenges college students can face as they find their place in the world following graduation. She hopes the LPU Career Fair offers a clear pathway forward for students and that God uses the relationships they developed during the event to influence the rest of their lives.
LPU junior Simon Pham is a Business Administration major and appreciates meeting different employers that share his motives and interests. “The employers really took the time to hear all of us out along with making it known to us that their goal is to work around us since they have our best interests at heart," Simon says.
Students like Simon hope the training they receive in college will prepare them well to be a good fit in relevant organizations as their new careers get off the ground. The Career Fair offers students and employers the chance to get acquainted and explore those connections.
“The employers really took the time to hear all of us out along with making it known to us that their goal is to work around us since they have our best interests at heart," Simon (LPU Junior) says.
Besides searching for future jobs, many students pursue internships related to their field of study where they gain valuable experience and build relational networks. Life Pacific’s internship program is designed to offer students experience-based, hands-on training in a student’s desired field under the skilled leadership of a seasoned mentor.
Sophomore Jillian Peterson says the LPU Career Fair gave her the chance to see how internships really work. Making this connection can be a difference-maker for students like Jillian who are exploring God’s call on their life and the direction He wants them to take as a career path.
Students develop skills during the event that prepare them for the working environment where they hope to serve in the future. “They are expected to dress in business attire, bring their current resume, and interview for positions if they are available,” Kristina says.
At Life Pacific University, the Office of Calling and Vocation brings employers to the students. Meeting in real time offers the opportunity to interact and explore the potential, the hope, and the partnerships that will shape the future.
Employers are encouraged to sign up for Handshake and get a head start on next year’s LPU Career Fair.
Students can sign up for Handshake and begin exploring jobs and internships now.