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Another potential sign of an improving economy - a record 210 companies coming to today's fall career fair at Rose-Hulman. Experts say it's good news for job prospects and for younger students that will be looking for jobs in the next few years.
Another potential sign of an improving economy - a record 210 companies coming to today's fall career fair at Rose-Hulman.

Experts say it's good news for job prospects and for younger students that will be looking for jobs in the next few years.

The job hunt was looking like a cake walk at Rose-Hulman's career fair on Wednesday.
   
A record 210 potential employers filled the Rec Center, so many that the school's Office of Career Services had to close company sign-ups last week.

"Our seniors are very fortunate. They are having a great time getting jobs right now and they don't seem to be affected too heavily by the economy," said Alison Fell of Rose-Hulman.  "I think it shows that yes our economy has faced some issues... But engineers are what make the world go round and we need them no matter what."

The career fair is open to all students, and they have a lot of live up to.
   
Last year's graduating class had a 98 percent job placement rate, with an average starting salary of $65,000.
   
But many of these Engineers are optimistic about their opportunities.

"I'm not too worried about it. I'm confident in the fact that I can go talk to companies and be able to sell yourself to the company and show them why you're a great fit for them," said junior Jeffery Collins.  "Every summer I've had an internship with companies I've met here."

And while world-renowed companies sent reps to Rose, school leaders say it's just as important to show these students what the state has to offer.
   
"We do have a lot of pride in rose Hulman in keeping students that have these very good educations around this area so that we can further promote this area and help it grow, help the economy grow," said Fell.

High-skilled workers are in high demand, especially in the "STEM" fields, and experts say this packed house is another sign of economic recovery.
   
That's good news for these current students -and the ones who are just starting to think about a career path.
       
"A younger student needs to prepare now," said Fell.

Collins added: "You're gonna learn work ethic, you're going to do time management. You're gonna learn a lot more than just engineering that I think I'm gonna be able to take on to the next step which is a job."

Of the hundreds of recruits at Wednesday's event, over 150 of them are Rose-Hulman alumni.
   
Another career fair is held in the spring.
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