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Recruiter Turnout At Career Days Up Nine Percent

Despite everything that has happened over the last year, recruitment opportunities for Penn State students are looking better — not worse — than they did last fall. Penn State reported that the 2012 Fall Career Days will most likely see a nine percent increase in company turnout from last year’s career fair, jumping from 500 to an expected 545 potential employers in attendance.

“Since last November, all activity has steadily increased between six to nine percent, from each of the Career Days to on-campus interviewing,” Jeff Garis, director of Career Services, told Penn State Live. “We’ve been really vigilant with recruitment numbers, and everything is showing an increase.”

Although just 515 companies are signed up as of now, Career Services is expecting more companies to register before the start of the Fall Career Days on Tuesday, September 11th, anticipating 220 internship/co-op organizations and 325 technical, full-time organizations.

“We meet with employers face-to-face regularly and they are consistently acknowledging Penn State’s academic integrity and the quality of the graduates that come from here,” Garis said. “This hasn’t changed throughout the last few months and it’s only driving our recruitment. Penn State students are very marketable to employers.”
Though there is a lot of negative sentiments toward Penn State over the past year among many, the increase in recruiters indicate that the value of a Penn State degree remains strong in the all-important post graduation job market. The employers activity reflects how Penn State’s academic rigor and educational quality has not been diminished significantly in this way.

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a StateCollege.com reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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