AT&T, Oppenheimer Funds, Motorola, Samsung, McGraw Hill Companies and the Liberty Science Center will number among the 120-plus organizations participating in the March 2, 2011 NJIT Career Fair. The semi-annual event in the NJIT Gym and Campus Center Ballroom from 12:30 – 5 p.m. offers media a chance to take the nation’s economic pulse. Upwards of 2,000 students and alums seeking jobs and internships are expected to attend.
“We’re filling up fast with registrants for both companies and students,” said Greg Mass, NJIT Executive Director of Career Development Services. “We are delighted that our career fairs continue to attract so many top employers. Company representatives seek candidates for entry-level full time positions and current students for summer, internship and co-op opportunities. (ATTENTION EDITORS: To interview Mass further or attend the fair, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
For many students, a strong internship or co-op experience can brew into a full-time position following commencement. That’s what’s happened to NJIT graduating senior Justin Simons. The mechanical engineering and technology major, born and raised in Edison, recently completed a six month co-op assignment as an operations group manager for Anheuser Busch in Newark. He was offered and just accepted a fulltime position. Working has been an eye-opening experience, providing a good real-world experience, plus a foot in the door for that all-important first job.
“Annually more than 400 NJIT students take advantage of our extensive co-op program,” said Mass. “Students gain invaluable work experience that is directly related to their major and a competitive hourly wage, which is a significant source of financial assistance. Graduates with co-op experience on their resume have a distinct advantage in the entry-level college graduate job market. This experience coupled with a technologically focused degree explains why NJIT graduates remain in strong demand.”
Employment success for NJIT grads surpasses national averages. Last year 42 percent of May 2010 graduates had secured employment offers by commencement. This percentage surpasses the national average of 24 percent during the same time period, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Within six months of commencement, 60 percent of NJIT graduates are typically employed, while in one year, 85 percent will have jobs, while 13 percent will start graduate or professional schools.
Moreover, NACE reports that the highest starting salaries recent college graduates receive will continue to go to students with degrees in engineering, information technology and business. That’s good news for NJIT graduates who often leave with degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, the STEM fields.
Employers interested in attending the fair or in viewing registered orgaizations may visit http://www.njit.edu/cds/employers/careerfair/stuempfair.php.