There’s good news for college students who will soon be searching for jobs. The job market has seen sustained growth during the last year and employers intend to dramatically increase hiring, according to Greg Mass, executive director of career services at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
“Business is good, the economy is strong, and companies are looking to hire,” said Mass. “For the last three years companies have cut back on hiring college graduates. Now they want to fill those job vacancies.”
That explains why so many companies – 110 – will attend NJIT’s fall career fair, scheduled for Nov. 2, 2005, from 12:30-4 p.m., in the NJIT Athletic Center.
“We have more companies coming to the fair than we’ve had in the past five years,” said Mass, “and they are coming to hire.”
For information on the career fair, which is open to all NJIT students and alumni, visit www.njit.edu/cds or call (973) 596-3646. Reporters who’d like to attend the fair should call Robert Florida at (973) 596-5203.
Mass said his office has received more job postings and phone calls from employers, has gotten more hits on its website from companies and has received more offers of co-ops and internships to NJIT students. “It’s been the sharpest increase in the job market since 2000,” he said, “which is really good news for students.”
Many of the companies coming to the fair, he said, intend to hire students majoring in computer science. The market for computer science graduates was down for three years, but that is no longer the case.
“The myth about the bad job market for computer science majors still lingers, in spite of the fact that for the last year the demand for them has really taken off,” said Mass. “That myth should be dispelled; students should know that the market for computer scientists is strong.”
Examples of companies coming to the fair to recruit computer scientists include IBM, Anheuser-Busch, Colgate-Palmolive, and Conexant, a company that develops semi-conductor solutions for broad-band communications, he said.
Other participating companies coming include Exxon Mobil, of Fairfax, Va.; Honda R&D Americas, Raymond, Ohio; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Skillman; Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill; Motorola, South Plainfield; as well as Panasonic and UPS, both of Secaucus. A complete list of organizations registered for the fair is available at www.njit.edu/cds.