Tuesday, September 21, 2010

WSU Makes Top 25 in Recruiter Picks

State universities have become a favorite of companies recruiting new hires, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of top corporate recruiters whose companies last year hired 43,000 new college graduates. On Sept. 13, a survey asking companies to rank schools that produce the best-qualified graduates overall and by major ranked WSU No. 25 in the nation.

While recruiters reported large student bodies, opportunities for partnership and corporate budget constraints as key factors in this new revelation, they also said "graduates of top public universities are often among the most prepared and well-rounded academically, and companies have found they fit well into their corporate cultures and, over time, have the best track record in their firms."

It is important to explore university-company partnerships for student internship and job opportunities.

In the Journal article, for example, the head of General Electric Co.'s recruiting efforts said upwards of 80 percent of GE's new-graduate hires come from its summer internship pool of 2,200 from about 40 key U.S. schools—many of them state schools.

Other companies reported liking certain schools so much they set up offices nearby, as universities and companies often strike research collaborations that include student participation. These partnerships also allow companies get an early look at promising students and boost brand awareness among talented students.

WSU's Center for Advising and Career Development utilizes its partnerships with leading companies to provide an on-campus interview program, career fair and COUGlink, a website where students can access career event and workshop information, post their resume for prospective employers and peruse internship and job postings.

Read the Journal article here. See the listing of the top 25 universities here.

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