Fall Career Fair Provides On-The-Spot Job Possibilities

Thursday, October 07, 2021
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The necessity to fill full-time, internship and co-op positions in the science, engineering and technology career fields brought nearly 150 companies from across the U.S. to Rose-Hulman for in-person and virtual interviews during the Fall Career Fair.

This year’s Fall Career Fair provided in-person and virtual interviews with nearly 150 companies that could provide career opportunities for students across all science, engineering and mathematics academic majors.

In fact, some companies offered full-time, internship and co-op positions after interviews at the October 6th event or the following day’s Interview City activities.

“There’s on-the-spot job offers for students we identify as having the skills that can help us,” says Joe Mott, a campus recruiting manager with Collins Aerospace. “We’ve been recruiting at other colleges throughout the fall but have been holding open several spaces specifically for Rose-Hulman students. We have eight managers here in search of filling those open slots.”

Learn more about why employers come to recruit Rose-Hulman students.

Collins Aerospace has been historically one of the top employers of Rose-Hulman graduates, along with attracting undergraduate students for three-month internships or more extensive six-month co-op work experiences.

“Rose-Hulman students come in ready, willing and able to hit the ground running for us,” Mott adds. “They’re well prepared and adapt well to any situation. That’s important in a high-tech environment (aerospace and defense industries) that we’re competing in. That’s why we keep coming back here to find more job candidates.”  

They aren’t alone. Nearby booths had students standing in lines for the opportunity to meet recruiters from Milwaukee Tool, Cleveland-Cliffs (formerly ArcelorMittal), Caterpillar, Eli Lilly and Company, General Motors, Toyota, Marathon Petroleum, and AstraZeneca.

Meanwhile, students put on headsets to conduct virtual interviews with Texas Instruments, Cummins, InDesign, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

“We provided a hybrid career fair to ensure our students had every opportunity to interview, in-person and virtually, for positions with prospective employers. It was a win-win (situation) on both sides,” states Scott Tieken, Rose-Hulman’s director of career services and employer relations. “Companies are eager to build relationships with prospective job prospects outside of a virtual environment, while other firms are still hesitant because of COVID concerns about recruiting in a campus setting. Our Fall Career Fair provided the best of both worlds.”

Forty companies are already registered to participate in a virtual career fair on November 3, with many more expected to come online in the next month.

Meanwhile, Tieken reports that 500 pending job openings have been filed this week specifically for Rose-Hulman students. That adds to more than 7,100 postings for full-time, internship, co-op, and research positions currently available on Handshake’s Rose-Hulman recruitment website. He points out that opportunities are abundant in civil engineering, computer science, software engineering, and electrical engineering.

“However, every engineering, science and math field is red-hot right now,” admits Tieken.

Additional on-campus career fairs are being planned during the winter and spring academic quarters.