Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will hold its largest-ever Career Fair, with more than 190 companies from a range of industries expected to attend. The event is open to WPI undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WPI Sports & Recreation Center, 100 Institute Road, Worcester
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, the software industry, and companies reflecting new majors at WPI, such as Robotics Engineering and Interactive Media & Game Development.
Among the range of participating companies are AIG, an international insurance organization; retail branding leader Avery Dennison; aerospace and defense firm BAE Systems; sports website DraftKings; computer hardware company EMC; food industry’s Frito Lay; consumer company iRobot; software giant Microsoft Corp., and many small and mid-sized companies in this region. For a complete roster of participating companies, visit the Career Development Center’s Career Fair participants page.
New this year, the Career Development Center is announcing "Career Fair Plus," a convenient app available for Apple and Android devices that will enable users to research companies, navigate the floor plan, and learn about special events.
Employers continue to value WPI graduates, as reflected in their participation in the annual Career Fair. WPI ranks in the top 1.5 percent of all colleges nationally for return on investment, according to PayScale, which recently released its 2014 College Return on Investment (ROI) report.
Additionally, 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." The guide notes that WPI "emphasizes teamwork instead of competition" and offers a "global emphasis unusual for an engineering school."
"Corporate Days" on campus by General Electric, UTC, and MITRE took place prior to the Career Fair, as well as workshops on resume writing and interviewing, held by the Career Development Center.