MU Engineering graduates eager and prepared to join wide variety of organizations
Companies in search of talented engineers should register for the Fall 2018 University of Missouri College of Engineering Career Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.
The College estimates nearly 2,000 students will be in attendance to seek internships and employment from approximately 200 employers representing every engineering discipline. MU Engineering includes the following emphases: biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, information technology and mechanical and aerospace engineering. A majority of engineering graduates report that the Career Fair and other activities offered through the Engineering Leadership, Engagement and Career Development Academy are responsible for their first job in engineering.
The MU College of Engineering’s most recent outcome survey (2016-2017) offers indicators that may help companies in their recruitment efforts. For instance:
- 54 percent of graduates indicate their post-graduation plan is working full-time.
- 71 percent of the graduates began pursuing a job three to six months prior to graduation, which makes the timing of the MU Engineering Career Fair perfect for employers.
- 82 percent are employed by an organization and 80 percent indicate they are pleased with their position.
- 46 percent said they looked for a position near their hometown, and 37 percent said they based their decision on what region of the United States they would live in.
- 86 percent indicate they want to stay in the Midwest.
Companies recruiting the current engineering graduates may find it helpful to demonstrate how they respond to today’s list of graduates’ priorities:
- These graduates are known as Generation Z or Centennials, and are more eager than generations before them to get into the workforce.
- They were born after 1995, so they have been shaped almost exclusively by technology, connectedness and the availability and power of information in their hands.
- Most entering the workforce will have had at least one or two internships. Companies seeking to recruit these graduates should make internships a vital and prominent component of those efforts.
- These graduates are very eager to advance. 76 percent say the opportunity for growth is the most important factor when evaluating future career opportunities.
- The top three considerations that are most important to graduates are 1) company culture; 2) compensation; 3) location.
- Graduates are looking for a culture that is open, transparent, supports flexibility and prioritizes well-being.
- Graduates care about growth; they want to talk about their future.
- Despite the fact they are digital natives, 81 percent say they prefer face-to-face conversations.
- In their job search, graduates indicate they prefer networking to find their job.
- To reach these graduates, a key approach is to build the company brand on university campuses by engaging with students in a variety of formats, including career fairs.
- These graduates are flexible as long as the role and company align with their values – many simply want to find a company that they love.
For more information on the Fall 2018 Engineering Career Fair or the Engineering, Leadership and Career Development Academy, call 573-884-1907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.