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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

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.