More than 2,000 NJIT students and graduates dressed in their finest business attire will wait patiently and professionally on long but potentially profitable lines at NJIT’s Annual Fall Career Fair next Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center and the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility on the NJIT Campus.With one week to go, fair organizers are predicting that this year’s event will be NJIT’s largest to date: a sell-out promoting 175 notable corporations that will include Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, IBM, Exxon- Mobil, Johnson & Johnson and Hunter Roberts. View the entire company list at: http://www.njit.edu/cds/docs/cf_partemp.pdf.
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“We aggressively marketed the career fair to employers since May,” said Gregory Mass, executive director of Career Development Services. “It is our goal to have the largest and most diverse group of industries in attendance. NJIT students have a wide array of career objectives and we sought to ensure that there would be ample opportunities for all those who attend.”
The NJ unemployment rate remains high, but NJIT students major in fields that make them indispensable to the functioning of the NJ and US economy. “Companies like AT&T, General Electric, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and NBC Universal are coming to the fair to hire our students,” Mass said. “NJIT students major in fields that are in demand, so even in a weak economy they get hired first.”
“We are also seeing an increase in the number of companies that are traveling long distances to attend the fair,” Mass said. “Several California and Texas based organizations will be here as well as Vector Construction located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“Employers are especially interested this fall in hiring students who major in information technology, computer science and engineering,” said Mass. “Some students will get job offers now, even though they don’t graduate until May 2013. Employers hire in the fall to ensure that they get the best and the brightest spring graduates,” added Mass.
Students seeking employment for spring and summer 2013 should attend the fair, said Mass, since many companies will hire students for internships and co-op jobs, which often lead to full-time jobs. Each year, the Career Development office helps some 400 students find intern and co-op jobs. The office helps students, starting when they are freshmen, in all aspects of career planning: resume writing, interviewing skills, and how to launch a successful job search.
Some students mistakenly think they won’t find jobs at a career fair, said Mass. Statistics show, though, that last year 17 percent of NJIT graduates found their jobs at the career fairs.
Statistics also show that NJIT students get hired at nearly double the national average. Nationally, 25 percent of students awarded bachelor’s degrees in 2012 had jobs at graduation, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
In addition to this fair and one in the spring, NJIT’s Career Development Center offers year-round workshops to help students strengthen marketing skills and on-campus recruitment schedules bringing hundreds of additional employers to campus.