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NSBE/SHPE Career Fair a Success

More than a thousand students attended the 33rd annual Career Fair hosted by Rensselaer’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Students were dressed to impress the 149 companies that attended. The NSBE/SHPE Career Fair is held each fall, giving students the opportunity to interview for internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. NSBE is an organization whose goal is to increase the number of black engineers who can excel academically, and SHPE promotes the development of Hispanic engineers to achieve academically and economically.

Asafoakye Nyantakyi, NSBE/SHPE Career Fair co-director and civil engineering and communications senior, believes it is a valuable experience benefiting students of all skill levels and classes. “Freshmen should attend in order to gain experience and comfort working a career fair in preparation for their following years. Sophomores and higher should attend with the aim of landing employment opportunities such as co-ops and internships,” said Nyantakyi. “Seniors planning on entering the workforce after they graduate are presented with a great opportunity to land an entry-level position.”

The Rensselaer Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) has helped students prepare for future employment opportunities by providing them with resume critiques, mock interviews, and learning about JobLink, a website that helps students build a professional profile and find the companies that best fit their career interests.

“They got me thinking about my career more seriously. If you brought your resume to your friends or family, they wouldn’t be able to point out the issues, while the CCPD has seen millions of resumes,” said Lin Duan, a junior in biomedical engineering.

Arpana Sabu, a junior majoring in civil engineering, thinks JobLink is a good starting point in the job search. “JobLink is really useful as far as what company is good for me and how to reach it,” said Duan. Mark Wyman, a sophomore in electrical engineering, said he’s always receiving emails from the CCPD about career fairs and said, “It’s nice that you don’t have to seek it out.”

The lead recruiter for Boeing, Mark Lyden, describes Rensselaer as having a “deep bench,” meaning the Institute not only has great students, but a large number of prospects to choose from. “They have this drive to achieve. They love their majors and they love what they do. They are passionate,” said Lyden.

The recruiters at Capital IQ, a financial data and analytics company that is made up of 35 percent Rensselaer graduates, agreed, and admired the students’ open minds to learn new things. “They have the drive to come up with a new solution to a problem,” said Roger Swingle ’09, a database engineer. At Optaros, an innovative eCommerce solutions and services provider, employees Samantha Gruskin ’11 and Dan Domingos ’10 say their company loves Rensselaer students’ ability to adapt quickly, work with a team, and efficiently meet the needs of their clients.

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Volume 5, Number 16, October 21, 2011
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