WWF-Pacific partake in USP Careers Day | WWF

WWF-Pacific partake in USP Careers Day

Posted on
07 August 2018
Suva, Fiji – Over 350 University of the South Pacific (USP) students have signed up to be part of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pacific’s (WWF-Pacific) volunteers programme at USP’s Careers Day that was held earlier this month.
WWF-Pacific was one of the environmental non-governmental organizations that were invited to be part of the two day awareness booth drives that was held at the university’s Laucala campus.
Participating for the first time, WWF-Pacific was able to facilitate a lot of interest and sign ups that included over 400 visitations to WWF-Pacific’s awareness booth over the two days.
The statistics reflect the growing interest in the field of conservation amongst tertiary students at USP.
WWF-Pacific Human Resources Manager, Kathryn King says WWF-Pacific’s involvement and participation was to further the awareness on the great conservation work the organization undertakes.
“WWF-Pacific’s participation this year was a first for the organisation.  It was an opportunity to work together (with our internal units, our volunteer reps and with USP) to not only talk about the various roles and career paths but also focus on our WWF volunteers and the work they contribute to the WWF’s overall goals, including having linkages to our Internship programme,” she said.
“Based on registration at the booth, the number of students passing by were more than 200 each day, generating interest all around. It was also good to get feedback from students on their perspectives on how we can improve in our outreach next year and we look forward to yet another exciting event,” she added.
The Careers Day was conducted by the USP’s Careers and Entrepreneur Centre that falls under the university’s Campus Life programme, and is an annual event targeted at providing its students a head start on their related field of studies once they graduate.
“This has been going on for a couple of years. It is quite big this year and is one of our biggest events under campus life. This year we have about 60 employers. This is like an opportunity for our students to come and meet these employers in terms of what they are studying, their career paths and basically for job seeking skills,” highlighted USP’s careers and administration advisor, Vanessa Bingwor.
According to Bingwor, this year’s Careers Day was a bit different in terms of a wider range of invites were made to cover all of USP’s faculties.
“We have invited WWF-Pacific as well as UNDP, UNICEF and SPC. We try to match each organization with different faculties that we have and we try to have opportunities for every faculty and their students. This also includes our School of Marine Science and this is where organizations such as WWF-Pacific fit in.”
“And every employer present is very happy with the responses from the students in terms of interests gained from the students showing up to the booths for information and their interests in the various employers. It’s a lot of work organizing something like this, but it is great to see the students and employers happy,” added Bingwor.
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