Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will hold its fall Career Fair, with a record 185 employers participating from a range of industries. The event is open to WPI undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WPI Sports & Recreation Center, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.
National unemployment is hovering at 7.3 percent, and college students are graduating with increasing debt and tight job prospects. The skills most in demand and drawing the highest wages are in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
For WPI's Class of 2012, some 85 percent of those earning a bachelor's degree were placed in full-time jobs or graduate school, while 98 percent of those receiving a master's or PhD went on to full-time work or further postgraduate study. The average starting salary for those earning bachelor's degrees at WPI in 2012 was $56,723, or 27 percent above the national average reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
"At David Clark Company Incorporated, we have several WPI graduates in engineering and management positions," said Peter Kasparson, assistant human resources manager at David Clark Co. Inc. "WPI's rigorous course work combined with distinctive project experience make graduates uniquely qualified to not only enter the workforce, but to excel and quickly attain leadership roles."
Employers representing a range of industries from New England and beyond will participate, from technology giants such as EMC Corp. and United Technologies Corp. to defense contractors, construction contractors, manufacturing firms, and companies reflecting new majors at WPI, such as Robotics Engineering and Interactive Media & Game Development.
Among the participating companies are Allegro Microsystem, Bose, Bluefin Robotics, Consigli Construction, Cisco, and IPG Photonics Corp.
On Sept. 19, the day following the Career Fair, George Oliver, chief executive officer of Tyco – and a 1982 WPI graduate – will meet with students at Higgins House to give a corporate presentation and talk about internship opportunities for next summer. Recruiting visits on campus by United Technologies and General Electric took place prior to the Career Fair, as well as workshops on resume writing and job interviewing, held by the Career Development Center.
Employers continue to value WPI graduates, as reflected in their participation in the annual Career Fair. In May 2013, WPI was ranked 15th in the nation in Payscale's College Education ROI Rankings. The Payscale survey showed that a graduate of WPI with a bachelor's degree should expect cumulative earnings of $1,316,000 over 30 years, after college costs are subtracted. This marks the sixth straight year that Payscale has ranked WPI high for the employment and salary opportunities of its alumni. The Fiske Guide to Colleges praises the WPI Plan, the university's revolutionary approach to undergraduate education, saying it is "hands-on and project-based and takes a humanistic view of engineering." Additionally, the guide notes that WPI "emphasizes teamwork instead of competition" and offers a "global emphasis unusual for an engineering school."