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Students’ High-Tech Skills in High Demand by Companies

October 15, 2012

by Dale Long
Director of Media Relations

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Fall Career Fair brought 184 companies and more than 500 representatives coveting students to fill full-time and summer positions. The next day resulted in more than 1,000 interviews with students.
 
      Career Fair Overview
 

Packed Field House: A total of 184 companies and over 500 representatives filled the field house of the Sports and Recreation Center for the Fall Career Fair -- showcasing the high demand for college students having high-tech job skills.

"People with high-tech degrees are in high demand, especially as companies seek to develop new products and streamline operations to remain competitive in this challenging economy," Todd Hubbell, vice president of logistics for Endress+Hauser, a leading supplier of industrial manufacturing and automation equipment.
 
The problem-solving skills of Rose-Hulman students and graduates are key assets for startup companies, like ChaCha Search, Inc. The Indiana-based company launched its mobile answers text service at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Now, the service answers millions of questions each month -- thanks to the development of algorithms that tag key words to decipher requested information quickly and accurately.
 
"As a startup, we're looking to find people that can make a difference for us. That's why we keep coming back to hire Rose-Hulman students," stated Mark Stetzer, ChaCha's director of engineering. "Rose-Hulman graduates thrive in our fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. They can hit the ground running, with little supervision, and have the ability to make a difference in many areas of our operations."
 
Those abilities are also demanded by large corporations. Among companies seeking prospects at the Fall Career Fair were General Electric, Caterpillar, General Motors, Texas Instruments, Northrop Grumman, Microsoft, Archer Daniels Midland, Chrysler, Marathon Petroleum, Raytheon Company, Halliburton, Rockwell Collins, Toyota, Rolls-Royce, and Shell.
 
See the entire list of companies attended the fair at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/careerservices/FairAttendees/.
 
Career Fair Interview       
In Demand By Employers: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students were lined up to learn about career opportunities available at companies from throughout the nation that attended this year's Fall Career Fair.
The Job Outlook 2013 survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) projects upcoming college graduates may have slightly better job prospects than those entering the workforce during the past five years. NACE's survey found that employers expect to hire 13 percent more people from the Class of 2013 than they did from this spring's graduating class. (Rose-Hulman's Class of 2012 currently has a 97 percent placement rate, with a median starting salary at $64,300.
 
The NACE survey reports double-digit hiring increases are expected among employers in computer and electronics manufacturing. Early projections show employers plan to target those earning bachelor's degrees related to engineering and computers during the 2012-13 college recruiting season.
 
That certainly has been the case at Rose-Hulman, according to Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations. He reports that companies like that most students have resumes filled with multiple work experiences, completed hands-on academic projects, held campus leadership roles, and participated on competition teams during their collegiate careers.
 
Even before taking their first exams of this school year, Rose-Hulman students were receiving and accepting offers for post-graduate, internship, and co-op opportunities from employers throughout the country.
 
"Recruiting activities seem to get earlier every year. If given the opportunity, employers would be here the first day students move back on campus from the summer," he said. "Throughout this fall, we have had companies hosting information events in the middle of campus, hosting campus social activities, and hosting tailgate events before home football games. They're doing anything to get themselves in front of our students."
 
Two more career fairs will be hosted on campus this school year. Find out more about how the Office of Career Services helps students take advantage of employment opportunities at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/offices-services/career-services.aspx.