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Opportunities Aplenty for Students, Companies at Winter Career Fair

February 6, 2014

Hot Job Market

Hot Job Market: Companies once again filled the Sports and Recreation Center’s fieldhouse area at this year’s Winter Career Fair for the opportunity to interview Rose-Hulman students for full time, internship, and co-op opportunities.

The harsh winter weather hasn't stopped students from thinking toward summer and starting their post-graduate careers or earning valuable work experiences through internships and co-ops.

Kevin Hewerdine, director of career services and employer relations, estimates that nearly 40 percent of this year’s senior class members has already accepted job offers (some with jobs in hand since starting the school year!), while another 10 to 15 percent are contemplating to accept multiple job offers.

Those numbers are bound to increase after 130 companies from throughout the country came to campus for the Winter Career Fair in mid-January. Companies were searching for students to fill full-time jobs, internships, and co-op positions.

And, students with majors in STEM career fields are in demand.

“Rose-Hulman students are hot commodities. Companies know that they can be difference makers, and that’s important in these competitive economic times,” Hewerdine said.

Plano, Texas-based Avalon Consulting, LLC has hired five Rose-Hulman alumni or soon-to-be-graduates in the past four years to implement big data, web presence, content publishing, and enterprise search solutions to clients throughout the world.

Andy Kruth, a 2011 software engineering alumnus, was the company’s first direct-from-college hire in 2011. He has managed and developed large-scale content management and enterprise web systems for clients such as Patheos.com, the world’s leading website for religion and spirituality news, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and is now a part of the firm’s leading Hadoop implementation practice.

Joining the team early in 2013 was Kevin Risden, a November 2012 computer science graduate, while Doug Mann, a 2012 computer science, software engineering, and mathematics alumnus jump on board in late 2013. Trey Cahill, a 2013 computer science alumnus, starts in March, while software engineering student Adam Westerman comes on board this July after earning his diploma on May 31.

Makingtheirpitch

Making Their Pitch: Rose-Hulman students took advantage of this year’s Winter Career Fair to meet several companies from throughout the country that were offering a variety of positions in science and engineering fields.

“Rose-Hulman graduates hit the ground running, which is important for a high-tech company in a competitive marketplace,” says Casey Green, Avalon's executive vice president of business development. The company usually hires employees with 10-or-more years of industry experience. “Employees from Rose-Hulman make an immediate impact. They have a set of skills that’s rare in the entry-level workforce.”

Companies attending the Winter Career Fair included Amazon.com, ArcelorMittal, BorgWarner, Boston Scientific, Epic, Frito Lay, General Electric, Halliburton, HNTB, Interactive Intelligence, Johnson Controls, Motorola, National Instruments, Northrop Grumman, Oracle, PepsiCo, Raytheon, Remy, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Chip Ganassi Racing, Texas Instruments, TRW Automotive, and Valeo Sylvania. See the entire list of fair attendees.

As of graduation day in May, 2013, 94 percent of Rose-Hulman’s seniors had offers from companies or had made their decisions about graduate school, the military, or the workforce. Within five months of graduation, 98 percent had made their decision. The average accepted salary was $63,075 for the Class of 2013, with a high salary of $115,000.