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On Track for Choice Careers: Companies Flock to RHIT Fall Career Fair
October 7, 2011
|Land Of Opportunities: More than 180 companies - an
increase of 30 from last year -
filled the track in the Sports and Recreation Center for
Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology's Fall Career Fair.
The demand for engineers, scientists and mathematicians is so
robust that recruiters outnumbered graduating seniors this year at
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Fall Career Fair, hosted by
the office of Career Services. Over 500 representatives from
more than 180 companies filled the track at the Sports
and Recreation Center. More than 1,300 interviews were
conducted at an Interview City in the field house on the following
|Lining Up For Interviews: Rose-Hulman Institute
of Technology students patiently wait their turn
for an opportunity to discuss career opportunities
with a recruiter from Procter Gamble.
Company representatives aggressively seek Rose-Hulman students
for full-time, internship and co-op positions because of the
college's excellent national reputation, the students' keen
problem-solving skills and the role that graduates have played in
their organization's success.
Citing a strong engineering education foundation, hands-on
experience, problem-solving ability and adaptability, recruiters
say they know that Rose-Hulman engineers will be immediate
contributors to their company's bottom line.
"With any new grad, you don't expect them to have domain
knowledge in your industry. One of the key pieces with a
Rose-Hulman grad is that we know they can learn our industry
quickly," noted Tori Wenger, senior engineering manager at Rockwell
Many of the employers attending the Fall Career Fair also offer
internships and co-ops work opportunities, which lead to employment
opportunities for students, while also reinforcing the value of a
Rose-Hulman education within the company.
"The freshman interns we get from Rose-Hulman are able to
contribute to product design, development and testing after just
one year of school," says Remy International Recruiter Kyle
Meanwhile, Toyota and Frito-Lay seek Rose-Hulman students
because the college produces graduates who easily transition into
"Rose-Hulman students have done very well at Toyota in an
aggressive, competitive environment," commented recruiter Scott
Howard of Toyota.
|Seeking Contributors: Employers, like Toyota, favor
hiring Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology graduates because they have the skills and work ethic
to become valued
"Adaptability is a key," explains Frito-Lay's Corey
Richmond. "Frito-Lay is an ever-changing environment and we need
engineers who are able to meet challenges head-on."
Richmond adds that the diversified academic and extracurricular
experiences that Rose-Hulman provides its students make them
ideally suited for Frito-Lay's efforts toward continuous
Rose-Hulman had a 98-percent placement rate for its 2011
graduates. Career fairs hosted by the Office of Career Services and
Employer Relations provide a venue for students to meet and greet a
host of potential employers, and explore job opportunities months
before they graduate.
"The opportunities are aplenty so far," says Kevin Hewerdine,
director of career services and employer relations. "Thirty
more companies attended over last year's fall career fair . . .
companies know they need engineers, scientists and mathematicians
to develop new products and drive future business success."
Find out more about services available at Rose-Hulman's Office
of Career Services to help students find employment opportunities