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On Track for Choice Careers: Companies Flock to RHIT Fall Career Fair

October 7, 2011


Career Fair Overview  
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 day.

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 Collins.

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 Phillip.

Meanwhile, Toyota and Frito-Lay seek Rose-Hulman students because the college produces graduates who easily transition into valued employees.

"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 improvement.

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 by viewing