Career Development Resources

As an HPU student and Alumnus, the Career Development Center is here to help you with every step of your career development process during and after your college experience. We offer a variety of services and resources to assist you in reaching your goals.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm except for Federal and (most) State Holidays.

Location

500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Building 6: Suite 440
Honolulu, HI 96813

Contact

Give us a call at 544-0230 or email us at cdc@hpu.edu.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our Career Advisors are available to meet with you for guidance and insight
on pursuing a career path, participating in an internship or co-op, or finding a part-time or on-campus job.

Busy Schedule?

Students are welcome to schedule a time for a phone consultation. Alternatively, advisors often share great employment and internship opportunities and information on MyHPU Portal. Students are encouraged to set their portal "preferences" to recieve announcements and connect with Career Development opportunities and information.

Handshake, our university’s new job and internship management platform, is also a great resource to find local, national, and international internship and career opportunities. Handshake will soon be integrated with students' MyHPU Portal for ease of access.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) is a personality inventory rooted in Carl Jung’s psychological type theory. It was developed in the 1940's by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother Katharine Briggs and has been researched and studied extensively since then. There are 16 unique type codes. All type codes and descriptions are based on psychologically healthy behaviors, and there are no good or bad types.

There are many uses of the MBTI and understanding your personality type. However, it should be noted that no assessment can lead to answers that explain all human complexity. This is a tool to be used in the process of the respondent’s personal development (Manual, p. 116). The Career Report provided by the Career Development Center can help you recognize how to approach situations (in work, school, or otherwise) in a way that suits your style. It can also help you in exploring your major and career options, developing your career plan, and progressing from a student to professional. The MBTI can also help you…

  • Develop your leadership style
  • Develop your management style
  • Work in teams and groups
  • Find occupations and careers suited to your preferred work environment
  • In the problem solving and decision making processes
  • Deal with stress
  • Develop new skills
  • Organize tasks
  • Manage your time

For $15 students and alumni can take the assessments on-line and receive a comprehensive profile report based on your answers. A follow-up appointment is scheduled with a Career Advisor to receive a copy of your report and to review the results. Payment for the assessments is accepted by credit card via a secured website.

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The Strong Interest Inventory® (Strong) assessment measures career and leisure interests across 291 items and takes roughly 35 to 40 minutes to complete. It is based on the work of E. K. Strong Jr., who originally published his inventory on the measurement of interests in 1927. The assessment is often used to aid people in making educational and career decisions.

The Strong assessment can be used for determining major suitability and satisfaction for those unsure of what academic route to pursue, as well as by individuals considering a career change, employees seeking more satisfying work within an organization, and adults looking for a career transition or re-entering the workforce. The results map out broad interest patterns to describe work activities, potential competencies, self-concept and values, work environments, and hobbies. Your Strong Interest Inventory results will come in the form of a report and a Career Advisor who administers the test will go over it with you to make sure you understand it.

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Applicants who submit a resume and cover letter specific to an organization and the position are more likely to receive an interview. Advisors are here to help you craft an employer-ready resume and cover letter that is sure to help you stand out in the applicant pool. Come learn how to leverage your education by marketing yourself to prospective employers in the best way possible.

Don't Be Like Amy!

They say that "practice makes perfect". While that statement may not be completely true, we know that practicing for an important job interview can help you build confidence and learn how to deliver intelligent targeted answers to difficult questions. You will be asked traditional and behavioral interviewing questions and asked to respond as if in an actual job interview. Advisors can tailor the interview to a specific position or industry if you request this in advance. Advisors will give you valuable feedback and tips on how to improve your interview skills based on your performance.

We encourage all students to take advantage of our Internship & Cooperative Education Program. Gain valuable work experience as a student while earning academic credit(s). Visit the Career Center Calendar on HPU's Events page frequently to see what employers are on campus recruiting talented students.

NEW! Hana ka 'Ike Program rolls out fall 2019!!! The Guaranteed Internship and Experiential Learning Opportunities - Hana Ka `Ike means, “Through doing one learns”, "work experience", or "do knowledge". The Career Development Center oversees the internship component of the Hana Ka `Ike program, offering students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in their field of study. Internships are an ideal way for students to apply their HPU education towards meaningful and challenging work. Furthermore, students who participate in an internship gain valuable insight into future career possibilities.

Benefits/Value 

Early planning and preparation is important in order to get the most value out of an internship. Some organizations offer internships only during certain times of the year. Knowing the application period and availability of internships will help you seize the best opportunities.

Below are just a few of the organizations that offer HPU students outstanding internship opportunities:

  • ANA Airlines
  • DKI Asian Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Hawaii State Legislature
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Kupu
  • Pacific Internship Program for Exploring Sciences
  • Pueo Business Solutions
  • Servco Pacific
  • YMCA of Honolulu

While not all employers offer employment after an internship, data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 2019 Internship & Co-op Survey Report shows that 70.4% of interns are offered a position after graduation (https://www.naceweb.org/store/2019/internship-and-co-op-report/).

 

Hana ka 'Ike Check Eligibility

Career Fairs are Dead!

So we've shifted our focus and resources to better address the needs and wants of our students through Employer Info Sessions. These sessions are proving to be far less anxiety-inducing and let's face it - awkward. Typically, an Info Session is a 1-hour long round table style presentation where students engage directly with an employer and discover valuable details about the organization and the positions being offered. Students get a chance to really learn more about an organization they're genuinely interested in.

Our workshops are designed to be interactive and engaging, ranging from topics such as standing out in the application process, leveraging social media, nailing the job interview, and researching career outlooks. We offer a variety of workshops that aim to help students develop the ability to appropriately market themselves and their education. Typically, we run these workshops as a 3-day series at the beginning and end of the term. We also collaborate with Registered Student Organizations (RSO's) such as Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activity Board (CAB), and the International Club, Circle K with customized needs-based content.

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