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STEM Skills in Demand as Companies Flock to Fall Career Fair

Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Overhead view of large group of individuals standing on track. Booths and dividers also fill the space.
Flocking To Fall Fair: Students lined up throughout the day to seek out full-time employment, internship, and co-op opportunities at the Fall Career Fair. (Photo by Dale Long)

You couldn't tell which group attending Rose-Hulman's Fall Career Fair was more excited about the opportunities available: the students lining up at the record 209 information booths or the companies that came from across the country to interview prospects for full-time employment, internship, and co-op opportunities.

"Great career opportunities abound once again for our students," says Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations, "We're seeing increased interest from companies-large and small-seeking our students to fill needed positions. There's always a need for employees with the keen problem-solving skills our students get from Rose-Hulman."

National companies attending the fair included Boston Scientific, Chrysler, Delphi, Dow Chemical, Eli Lilly and Company, ExxonMobil, Frito-Lay, Garmin International, General Electric, Halliburton, Honeywell, International Paper, Kroger, Marathon Petroleum, Microsoft, National Instruments, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Texas Instruments, Toyota, and Whirlpool.

Indiana companies that attended include Allison Transmission, Cummins, Beckman Coulter, Honda (Greensburg), Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diagnostics, Interactive Intelligence, Rolls-Royce Corporation, Cook Medical, Exact Target, Hill-Rom, Remy International, Valeo Sylvania, Logikos, Dow AgroSciences, HNTB, Bastian Solutions, NIPSCO, Vectren Corporation, Mediative Technologies, Software Engineering Professionals, Allegient, Archway Technology Partners, Endress+Hauser, Flexware Innovation, and Precise Path Robotics.

"Rose-Hulman graduates bring a special set of skills to any workplace. They're hardworking, intelligent, motivated, and analytical," says Nate Subbert, a software engineer with Rockwell Collins, an Iowa-based company that annually ranks among the top employers of the institute's graduates.

The fall fair is the first of three large-scale events organized each year by the Office of Career Services, ranked No. 6 nationally in BestColleges.com's 2013-14 survey. The office received high marks for assisting students to gain post-graduate employment, summer internships, graduate school, and co-op opportunities. Students are encouraged to begin preparing for their careers within days after beginning their freshman year, and the college hosts three career fairs each year to help students explore career options.

This is one reason that Rose-Hulman graduates ranked No. 7 nationally, with a median starting salary of $65,100, in this year's salary survey compiled by the online salary information company PayScale. The college ranked 10th in starting salary survey in 2012, and the Class of 2013, with a 95 percent placement rate, began jobs with an average salary of $65,867.

And, 2014 may be another strong year for placement, according to Hewerdine. He noted that several of this year's seniors returned from summer internships with job offers and acceptances for employment. Other students will be reviewing graduate school options at the Graduate School Fair on October 21.

Last year, Rose-Hulman's Office of Career Services helped provide 1,807 campus interviews, while 308 companies recruited on campus, 660 companies posted jobs or requested resumes of possible candidates, and 377 companies attended campus career fairs.