Workshop aims to help young women college grads get jobs

Published On: Feb 23 2014 05:45:32 PM HST   Updated On: Feb 23 2014 06:48:59 PM HST

It's a rude awakening.

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Graduating seniors soon learn a diploma is not a guarantee of employment.

Two nonprofits, The Junior League of Honolulu and the Honolulu Alumnae Panhellenic Association, held a workshop on Sunday to help young women enter the workforce with some extra skills.

Just about three months away from graduating, many college seniors know the struggle to get a job is dawning on them.

"One of the fears is that now that everyone is getting a degree, is my degree going to be invalid? That's definitely one of the huge fears," said senior Ashley Kawagishi.

So to stand out of the crowd, more than 30 University of Hawaii seniors attended the "from degree to career workshop" at the YWCA. The two nonprofits hoped to help young women gain skills to enter the workforce competitively.

"No matter who is entering the workforce, it's difficult, so by giving these young woman some tools we are hoping for them to be very successful," said organizer Shauna Butts.

The tools included, learning how to dress for success, how to give a good interview and networking skills. New tools senior Jessica Prince said she needs to pick up quickly with her goal of becoming a kindergarten teacher after she graduates in May.  

"I'd really like to be in the field, but I don't necessarily have as many connections as I would like, so that's more frightening for me," said senior Jessica Prince.

The 2014 National Association of Colleges and Employers outlook for this year's grads should relieve some pressure. Its survey said employers are forecasted to hire almost 8 percent more college grads than last year.


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