“Just in Time” Spring Career Fair

By Melissa Ackerman, Coordinator, On-Campus Recruitment, Global Education and Career Development Center

Spring Career Fair logoFor the first time, the Global Education and Career Development Center will be hosting a Spring Career Fair on April 28th 2009.

The idea behind hosting a “Just in Time” career fair in late spring is to assist our students in navigating a challenging economic downturn. In today’s economy, many employers are waiting longer for approval to pursue their recruiting efforts, and often times they may not get the “green light” until the tail end of the typical spring recruiting cycle, which runs from early February through Mid-late April.

In this new fiscal environment, our office is looking closely at typical recruiting timelines and making the changes we deem necessary to ensure our students have access to as many career opportunities as possible. We believe that holding a career fair in the late-spring, or “off-cycle” will provide employers a unique opportunity to connect with MIT students; particularly those students who have their ‘nose to the grindstone’ during the winter months and don’t begin to focus on their job search until later in the semester.

According to a recent survey of graduating MIT students:

  • Nearly 1 in 4 undergrads found their first job after graduation through a career fair.
  • 11% of graduating undergrads, 9.7% of graduating Masters’ and 12.9% of PhD’s received job offers in April.
  • Nearly 7% of undergrads, 5% of Masters’ and 6.8% of PhD’s received their job offer in May.
  • Roughly 40% of graduating students in 2007 had NOT secured a job by the end of December.

The Spring Career Fair will take place on April 28, 2009, in Morss Hall from 11am to 4pm. For more information, please contact Melissa Ackerman: melissaa@mit.edu.