To help students transition from the protected harbor of BYU–Hawaii to the open ocean of life, the university’s Alumni & Career Services is hosting a new annual Asia Pacific Career Conference.
The first conference, held in March 2018 and sponsored by the Yamagata Foundation, convened 50 employers from around the Asia-Pacific region, a number of government and graduate school representatives, and several leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The four-day conference included a career fair, information sessions, panel discussions, and networking events to help students explore and take full advantage of career options.
“The conference is especially great for our international students who are looking for career opportunities back in their home countries,” says Mark Macdonald, director of Alumni & Career Services. “IWORK students make a commitment to return home after they graduate, and we’re doing everything we can to help them become successful when they do.”
The event inspired better academic discipline and career preparation among students, and it left employers with a positive impression of the university. General Authorities of the Church are interested in how the event could help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Asia-Pacific region. The next conference is scheduled for March 6–9, 2019, and is already on track to host 100 employers.
The 2018 conference generated:
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