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NSBE/SHPE Career Fair Helps More Than 2,000 Students Plan for Future

In today’s job market, preliminary results indicate that despite the economic downturn, Rensselaer graduates — in all areas of study, including management, humanities, social sciences, information technology, and engineering — are still getting good jobs.

For example, following Rensselaer’s 204th Commencement last May, Rensselaer graduates are now working for companies that include: Apple, Bloomberg, Boeing, Capital IQ, Constellation Energy, Edwards Lifesciences, General Dynamics, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Sandia National Laboratories, Walt Disney Animation, Working Buildings, and Yahoo!

To help current students think of future career opportunities, more than 2,200 Rensselaer students attended an annual career fair Oct.1-2. The event was a joint venture organized by two Rensselaer student groups: the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

“In planning the annual fair, the past eight months have been rather exceptional,” said Lorian McHayle, a senior majoring in business and management. “This year, the staff has worked their hardest to provide the campus with a vast number of opportunities. It was a great privilege for me to work with the team of 34 students involved with coordinating this year’s fair.”

In 1978, the NSBE/SHPE Career Fair had its humble beginnings, with only 10 companies attending. Over the years, company participation has increased. Now labeled by the student groups as the largest student-run career fair in the country, nearly 200 companies participated in the two-day event held in the Alumni Sports & Recreation Center.

This year, career fair veterans included: Boeing, BAE Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble, along with several new companies. Students had an opportunity to meet and interact with representatives from AT&T; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.; Thermopylae Science and Technology; and Spirent Communications Inc.

One of the most significant changes to this year’s fair was in the area of recruitment. In the past, students matriculated in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lally School of Management & Technology, School of Architecture, and information technology would attend on Friday, while students from the School of Engineering and School of Science would attend on Saturday. This year, all majors were being recruited on both days. According to the event organizers, the new approach broadens the opportunity for recruiters to network with Rensselaer students, and gives students the chance to speak with a vast number of recruiters as well.

“As a student, being able to work with other students to put together the annual career fair that is focused on promoting professional growth at RPI is an extremely satisfying experience,” said Candice Segree, a senior majoring in aeronautical engineering. “I hope that Lorian and I have inspired the newcomers to support and continue this tradition.”

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Volume 4, Number 16, October 22, 2010
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