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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT To Host 17th Annual NJIT/Rutgers-Newark Collaborative Career Fair

In a year when the majority of college grads have had trouble finding employment in their fields, the NJIT undergraduate full-time employment rate for recent college graduates has been surprisingly better than the national average.

This is especially good news for the more than 2,000 students who will attend NJIT’s bi-annual career fair on Oct. 14, 2009, from 12:30-5 p.m. on the NJIT campus in the Athletic Center and the Campus Center Ballroom.  

“NJIT’s numbers for graduates attaining full-time employment were dramatically higher than the 19.7 percent national average reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers,” said Gregory Mass, executive director of NJIT’s Career Development Services.  “Fifty-one percent of this year’s NJIT baccalaureate graduates held positions at the time of graduation. An additional 34 percent of our graduates reported plans for attending full-time graduate study. This accounts for 85 percent of our graduates. Considering the year, terrible recession and plunge in national average, our numbers are very strong,” said Mass.

He noted that the overall average starting salary for NJIT undergraduates is 2.5 percent higher than last year.   “Most NJIT recent grads this year will earn upwards of $50,000 with some earning more than $80,000,” he said.

More than 100 employers are registered to attend and set up booths at the NJIT Career Fair.  Rutgers University--Newark will once again co-host the annual event with NJIT’s Career Development Services Office.  An additional 50 employer booths will also be available at the Robeson Center on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

The fair targets private and public-sector employers and government agencies who seek to hire upcoming and recent graduates, co-op students, interns, part-time or summer candidates. Participating companies include Colgate-Palmolive, L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson and the Internal Revenue Service.  For more companies and information, see http://www.njit.edu/cds/employers/careerfair/partemp.php

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.