Last modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Informatics career fair paves pathway for students seeking IT professions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 10, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- More than 350 Indiana University students will have the opportunity to sit down with prospective employers at the Spring IT Career Fair on Feb. 15.
The event, sponsored by the IU School of Informatics, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington. It will be open to all students, particularly those majoring in informatics, computer science, computer information systems, instructional systems technology, graphic arts, telecommunications, cognitive science and mathematics.
Job-seeking students are encouraged to bring résumés and be prepared to meet with prospective employers.
Representatives from up to 30 firms -- including Eli Lilly and Company, Dell and Cerner -- will be on hand to meet with students. Some of the companies will conduct on-site interviews.
"The fair is geared to those who are looking for jobs or internships, or who want to learn about the latest trends in information technology careers," said Dick McGarvey, career service officer for the School of Informatics.
This is the first time the school has hosted a career fair during IU's spring semester. A similar event also is held in September each year.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last year that one in four jobs created between now and 2012 will be related to information technology. However, there has been a declining number of students seeking degrees in IT, and the increasing demands of employers could lead to a significant worker shortage, industry officials warn.
Contrary to what is widely reported, job opportunities are alive and well in the United States, and businesses always are on the lookout for quality, well-trained IT professionals," McGarvey said.
The average annual starting salary for 2006 School of Informatics graduates was $43,000.
For more information about the Spring IT Career Fair, contact Jeremy Podany at 812-856-1094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.