Top Universities in Corporate Recruiters’ Mind – Part II

Yesterday, I discussed the important role a university faculty or staff member plays in college recruiting. I received some comments about how students also need to be actively involved in the process because at the end of the day, they are the ones who are looking for a job.
A successful college recruitment program relies on a close partnership between a school and a company. The Wall Street Journal report also suggests companies have increased interest in working with universities on either class projects or internships. The latter has become the key of how companies select job candidates as well as how students may secure a job offer even before they graduate.

During internships, companies will be able to observe students at work and see how well the interns fit in the organization --- as companies want to hire “well-rounded” and the best fit students. Meanwhile, students can “show off” their qualifications and see if they really enjoy working for the company. One fourth recruiters being surveyed admitted that they hired more than 50% of college grads who have completed an internship with them and that 14% respondents hired 75% of those who had been interns with them.

Big schools like University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Texas A&M have already seen increased number of students showing interests in internships, a few of them are freshmen. For those who think freshmen are too early to prepare for a career, please think again. The truth is the competition starts early. The more prepared a student becomes, the more likely s/he will receive good job offers upon graduation.

References:
Evans, T. (2010, September 13). State schools lure more employers: Recruiters like one-stop-shopping for grads with solid academics, job skills, record of success. The Wall Street Journal, p. B1, B8. (http://on.wsj.com/aLwYwE)
Picture (SU Class of 2014) was downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/linchikwok09152010P

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