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Career Development Center  Hosts Spring 2008 Career Fair
More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students took advantage of the opportunity to meet and talk with more than 450 representatives from more than 150 public and private-sector employers at the 2008 Spring Career Fair held last month. The fair — hosted by the Career Development Center (CDC) at Rensselaer — is designed to help students think ahead to potential full-time, co-op, internship, or summer employment opportunities.

More than 50 employers were from New York state, including more than 30 Capital Region-based companies. Employers represented a total of 23 states. The companies were seeking engineers, scientists, architects, and students who majored in management, humanities, social sciences, and information technology.

“Looking ahead to 2008, college graduates are entering what is being called a ‘just-in-time’ job market — meaning that many companies are waiting until the last possible minute to hire grads,” said CDC Director Tom Tarantelli. “As a result, new grads must be patient and get creative, and be willing to fill out their resumes with unique experiences. This is what gives a student a competitive edge when it comes to landing a full-time job.

Last year, more than 90 percent of the graduating class planned to work or pursue graduate studies. Graduates already had jobs waiting for them at Google, IBM, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, General Electric, Merck, United Airlines, General Motors, NBC Universal, the New York City Fire Department, Kimberly- Clark, and Johnson & Johnson, to name a few.

The average starting salary for Class of 2007 students with bachelor’s degrees was $56,110, up 3.35 percent from 2006. For students with master’s degrees, the average starting salary was up 8.77 percent to $71,849, according to the CDC’s 2006-2007 Annual Report.

Throughout the years, CDC programs have included career counseling, resume writing workshops, interview preparation, legal advice on employment offers, and networking opportunities with alumni and employers, among others. With a variety of programs and services developed to meet the needs of all students, Rensselaer’s Career Development Center is working to help individuals interested in identifying, planning for, and achieving future career goals.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 2, Number 3, February 14, 2008
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