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Rose-Hulman Seniors Have Near 60% Job Placement Rate; Prospects to Improve Even More After Winter Career Fair

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Students talking with company recruiters at a career fair.

Seeking Problem Solvers: Companies were busy conducting interviews for full-time, internship, and co-op positions throughout this year's Winter Career Fair. (Photos by Dale Long)

At the halfway point in the 2014-15 academic year, nearly 60 percent of Rose-Hulman's seniors have already accepted postgraduate employment opportunities, while others plan to attend graduate school or are preparing to be commissioned military officers through Army and Air Force ROTC programs.

And, career options for the remaining members of the Class of 2015 should become even more clear after the institute's Winter Career Fair, held on campus on January 21.

More than 100 companies from throughout the nation came to seek Rose-Hulman students for full-time, internship and co-op opportunities. Companies on the list included:

- Allstate Insurance - Garmin Inernational - National Instruments
- Amazon - General Electric - Raytheon
- ArcelorMittal - Halliburton - Remy International
- Archer Daniels Midland - Honda - Rockwell Collins
- Caterpillar - Hunt Construction - Texas Instruments
- Duke Energy - Interactive Intelligence - Valeo Lighting
- Epic - Marathon Petroleum
- Expedia - Medtronic

See the entire company list.

Overview

Looking Ahead To Future: Students filled the Sports and Recreation Center's fieldhouse for the Winter Career Fair, conducted to give students opportunities to pave their career pathways.

A total of 350 companies have participated in the first two career fairs of the 2014-15 academic year-on pace to top 2013-14 when more than 400 companies attended the three campus events.

"Our students are reaping the benefits of increasing numbers of companies recruiting on campus and posting jobs with the Office of Career Services," says Kevin Hewerdine, Rose-Hulman's director of career services and employer relations. "Several seniors had accepted job offers before starting this school year, the hiring cycle has been accelerated this year, and the improving economy has brought several new companies to campus hoping to fill positions of need."

Academic majors in the greatest demand this school year, according to Hewerdine, have been computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering. Meanwhile, civil engineering graduates are benefitting because companies are hiring earlier in the employment cycle for projects that improve the nation's infrastructure and other large-scale construction projects.

Improving the job prospects for Rose-Hulman's Class of 2015 is the fact that 92 percent of this year's seniors have had at least one internship, co-op, or research opportunity during their college careers.

"Rose-Hulman students have the skills and strong work ethic to make a difference in the companies that hire them. That's why we continue to have strong job placement rates annually," says Hewerdine.