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Winter Career Fair Experiences 37% Gain in Company Attendance; Many Seniors Already Have Jobs
January 25, 2012
The good times have returned for college jobseekers in such
technical fields as engineering and computer science. The
latest evidence is the 37-percent increase in companies and
corporations from throughout the nation that attended Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology's Winter Career.
Matching Skills With Interests: Recruiters from Microsoft
was among several national companies coming to interview students
at the Winter Career Fair. The company has hired several
Rose-Hulman students for full-time and internship positions this
A total of 122 companies and more than 350 recruiters reviewed
undergraduate and graduate students for full-time, internship and
co-op opportunities. That compares to 89 companies that
attended last winter's fair.
"There's definitely an upward movement in the level of interest
among corporate recruiters in our students in many career fields,"
said Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer
relations. He noted that approximately 24 percent
of those companies attending the winter fair had never recruited at
Rose-Hulman. "We have been pleasantly delighted with the
number of participants in our Winter Career Fair."
National companies reviewing students' resumes at the winter
fair included Microsoft, Raytheon Company, Cisco Systems, Northrop
Grumman, Alcoa, Frito-Lay, Rolls-Royce, General Electric,
Caterpillar, Rockwell Collins, Halliburton, Archer Daniel Midland,
Schlumberger, Marathon Petroleum, Boston Scientific, Delphi,
Hershey Company and Texas Instruments. Some of the Indiana
and Midwest firms on the list were Beckman Coulter, Brightpoint,
Gentex Corporation, Hill-Rom, HNTB, Hologic, Interactive
Intelligence, Kimball Electronics Group, Lexmark, Logikos, Remy
International, Software Engineering Professionals, ThyssenKrupp
Presta, Valeo Sylvania and Vectren.
See the entire list at http://www.rose-hulman.edu/careerservices/FairAttendees/.
Making Their Cases: Rose-Hulman students line up for the
opportunity to discuss full-time, internship and co-op openings at
the 122 companies attending the Winter Career Fair.
Not all Rose-Hulman seniors were among those standing in line at
this winter event - they already have accepted job offers or are
contemplating serious employment opportunities to begin their
post-college careers this summer. This is another positive
sign about an improving job climate for 2012 college graduates.
"Companies want to get their hands on the brightest minds as
early as possible," said Hewerdine. "They aren't waiting
until this spring to tap into the talent in the Class of
2012. If they see a top-quality candidate that fits into what
they need, they're going to do everything to get them to join their
"Also, students aren't waiting. If they see a good
opportunity in their career field, they're taking it," he said.
Computer science, software engineering, computer engineering,
electrical engineering and mechanical engineering are among those
technical fields in heavy demand by employers, according to
Rose-Hulman had a 99-percent placement rate for the Class of
2011, according to a recent report from the Office of Career
Services. The average starting salary was $62,416 for last
year's graduates, with a high offer of $96,000 for a software
A Spring Career Fair is being planned on April 18. Find
out more about what the Office of Career Services does to help
students achieve their career goals at