International students face tough job market

Elliot Roberts
Elliot Roberts
Antonio Parker
Antonio Parker

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - New state unemployment numbers are out. More than seven percent are now jobless. It's the highest mark in over three decades. That's pretty much the same story around the world.

Some international college students are facing even tougher times when looking for a job.

The economic downturn is a worldwide problem. So we spoke to international students at Hawaii Pacific University. Most say it's going to be extra tough to get a job in the near future.

It's a dazzling and festive event. HPU celebrates 25 years of Intercultural Day. Students from more than a hundred countries come together to spread awareness about their cultures.

But something else is spreading globally. With unemployment hitting record heights all over the world, students are facing an uphill battle.

"It is a little bit scary, especially in the science field, 'cuz it's going to be a little more competitive, because they look for top notched people," Great Britain student Elliot Roberts said.

Roberts is graduating soon but getting a job as a marine biologist may not swim his way soon.

While some students are scared about that next step, others remain positive.

"Those are three careers that won't die, they're a necessity, so I have no fear of getting a job, because those will always be there," Student Antonio Parker said.

Parker has a broader job range. He's looking for anything from economics, business or politics.

Other students are already feeling how tough it is to get that first job after college.

"I am scared of course, I'm scared, but if I were to go around and focus on being scared, I would definitely not get a job," Student Alexandra Yllo said. "It's gonna turn around sometime, but I dunno when and I don't know how, but it's hard to tell."

A feeling felt by many college students as they move on to an exciting yet, uncertain new chapter in their lives. Other students we spoke to say they'll go to graduate school if they can't find a job.