When it’s time for a career fair on Rose-Hulman’s campus, the atmosphere changes quite a bit.
“It’s a lot busier, a lot busier a lot more stressful, just along with school having to worry about this also kinda adds more to the plate,” said RHIT senior Steven Peterson.
250 companies and over 800 reps met with possible future employees and co-workers Wednesday at the Fall Career Fair.
RHIT has three career fairs a year, bringing hundreds of possible employers to meet with students.
John Bings, lead recruiter with Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Crane Division, says ther are several factors that draw NSWC to RHIT students.
“The quality of engineers that come out of Rose is just fantastic and them being local to our Navy base in Southern Indiana an hour and twenty minutes away, we like that aspect too,” said Bings.
While seniors are the ones who are looking for jobs in the most immediate sense, Peterson recommends attending the career fairs starting as a freshman.
“You might build a friendship that lasts four years with someone at a company, you might see someone you actually know, and you just build on those skills of human interaction, which helps a lot,” said Peterson.
Bings, an alum of RHIT, says the opportunities students receive through classes on campus ready them for the workplace.
“They seem very well prepared, they’re able to come to Crane and hit the ground running, they already again get a little bit of lab experience while they’re here at Rose-Hulman, so I think they have a really good foundation,” said Bings.
That foundation is what leads students and faculty at RHIT to advice prospective students not to overlook small schools.
“They know how to interact with students, they know how to treat you, they know how to teach you the necessary materials for after graduation, and at the end of the day, that’s what you need,” said Peterson.
52 companies will return to campus on Thursday to do rounds of interviews, and students could be getting offers by the end of the week.