Dietrich students need greater opportunities at EOC

This year, the Career and Professional Development Center took a step in the right direction by sending out emails to Dietrich College students informing them of companies recruiting students majoring in the humanities.

The recruiters will be looking for talent at the Employment Opportunities Conference (EOC) on Thursday and the WestPACS job fair in Monroeville next Wednesday. However, these emails also reveal that the Career and Professional Development Center needs to do more to help students majoring in the liberal arts find jobs after college.

The vast majority of the 34 companies looking for Dietrich undergraduates at the EOC are only looking for economics, information systems, and “consulting” majors. And while there are plenty of opportunities for majors other than these at the WestPACS job fair, most students will be unable to make it to Monroeville for the Wednesday afternoon event in the middle of midterms.

Instead, the Career and Professional Development Center needs to take an active role in finding opportunities for Dietrich students. One way it can do this is by making space in the EOC for some of the companies at WestPACS recruiting for the humanities: Currently, none of the 22 companies at WestPACS that are recruiting writing, journalism, communications, or public relations majors will be present at the EOC. These companies include some big names such as UPMC, Panera Bread, and Prudential.

These companies have recruited at Carnegie Mellon in the past. The Career and Professional Development Center should have made more of an effort to have them at this year’s EOC, if only so that humanities majors don’t have to make the trek off campus while engineering and technical majors have companies brought to them.

Carnegie Mellon is not usually associated with the humanities and social sciences. Our past employment statistics and career fairs reflect this fact. However, by accepting William Dietrich’s gift last year and naming a college after him, the school made a commitment to the humanities and social sciences, a commitment to make Carnegie Mellon a leader in those areas with the $265 million gift from the late industrialist.

The Career and Professional Development Center should honor this by striving to provide Dietrich majors with as many, if not more, opportunities for employment than those that students might find in Monroeville or anywhere else.