Seventy-six government agencies and local and national companies were on hand with a ton of information and applications at the 2012 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Fall Career Fair. About a thousand people attended the event put on by the Mānoa Career Center at the Campus Center Ballroom and as expected, many of them were UH seniors.

“Just looking at different employers,” said senior Gary Morgan. “Looked at the NSA, some military and the Asian Pacific Forum.”

“Just wanted to explore my opportunities,” said fellow senior Bruce Ho. “Looking around for jobs after I graduate this semester.”

Some of the attendees were alumni like Tiare Krewson, a 2007 UH Mānoa graduate.

“I was looking at all of my options,” said Krewson. “I have worked in a couple of elementary schools with special needs children and I am kind of looking to get into the hotel business a little bit more.”

Then there were those who just started college like freshman Dillon Takeshita.

“I just want to keep my options open,” said Takeshita. “See what’s available to me.”

The semi-annual career fair is not only about finding jobs.

“We use the fair as an opportunity for students to learn and plan ahead for future careers,” said Wendy Sora of the Mānoa Career Center. “As well as for those who are looking for those good opportunities now.”

Students networked with employers, learned about cooperative education and internship opportunities and gained valuable information on career-life planning. Prospective employers said it was a great opportunity for them as well.

“We are really looking for students who want to have a career in public service,” said Traclyn Miyashiro, who works in human resources for the City and County of Honolulu. “Our program, what it does is gives them experience in their field of study and it also exposes them to other city operations.”

Many of those who attended said they are really concerned about the job market.

“Of course, there is always concern but you have to go out there and find a job for yourself,” said Morgan. “It’s not going to be given to you just because you have a degree.”