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Center for Career and Professional Development To Host 10th Annual Spring Career Fair Feb. 9

As the effects of the economic downturn continue to be felt, job market news looks positive in all regions for Class of 2011 graduates, according to a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers who took part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 Fall Preview survey expect to hire 13.5 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2011 than they hired last year. This news comes just around the time that newly named Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) at Rensselaer is helping students plan for their future careers.

The center will host the annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 9. More than 2,000 Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate students are expected to attend the event that will provide them with an opportunity to meet and talk with more than 370 representatives from more than 150 public and private-sector employers. The event will be held in the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (Armory) from noon to 5 p.m. In its 10th year, the fair is designed to help students think ahead to potential full-time, co-op, internship, or summer employment opportunities.

“This has been a year of challenges and changes in recruiting on the university campus,” said Tom Tarantelli, acting assisting vice president of student life and CCPD director. “Over the years, the center has focused on building relationships with a broad range of employers that represent the Institute’s initiatives and offer recruitment opportunities in the areas of information technology, energy, government and national labs, biotechnology, and media and the arts, which has been beneficial for many of our students.”

For example, last year, more than 80 percent of the Class of 2010 reported future plans to accept full-time job positions, enter the military, or pursue graduate studies. Many graduates already had jobs waiting for them at companies including Google, IBM, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, General Electric, Merck, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Schlumberger, Pepsi, Garmin, Sandia National Labs, and Regeneron.

This year, nearly 70 percent of the employers participating in the fair hail from New York state and the Northeast, including several Capital Region companies. Approximately 40 percent of the employers are new to recruiting at Rensselaer. New employers include B&W Y-12 National Security Complex, Blackbaud, Constellation Energy Nuclear, Cognex Corporation, Deadman’s Productions LLC, IVI International, iRobot Corporation, and Hitchiner Manufacturing, among others.

All of the companies — who come from more than 30 states — are seeking students from all majors for a variety of positions that may range from internships and co-ops to full-time employment. Beyond those industries representing Institute signature thrusts, additional industries include aerospace, architecture and urban planning, manufacturing, entertainment, military and defense, research and development, international affairs, entrepreneurial start-ups, construction, banking and finance, telecommunications, advertising, and electronics.

“Today’s employers have put an increased emphasis on experiential opportunities as a pipeline to full-time professional employment, Tarantelli said. “Despite market dynamics, Rensselaer graduates have always proven to be resilient and resourceful. Most importantly, we tell students that it is not just about jobs. The Career Fair is the first step that provides Rensselaer students with an opportunity to demonstrate the personal and professional skills they have been exposed to not only in their classes, but also through the many experiential opportunities and career and professional development programs they have participated in, which continue to attract employers and graduate schools to Rensselaer students.”

The annual Career Fair is coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development. Additional Rensselaer groups that volunteer to support the event include the Division of Student Life, several academic departments and administrators, and Rensselaer Union student clubs.

For more information regarding the 2011 Spring Career Fair, visit www.rpi.edu/dept/cdc/employers/fairs.html.

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