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Industry slumps leave graduate hiring unhurt

By David Jedlinsky

Last year's slowing of the computer industry had little effect on the numbers of interviews and job offers for MIT graduates, according to the Placement Office's annual report to the president.

On the contrary, a record number of companies requested the resume book, which lists about 1000 resumes of students looking for jobs, the report stated.

Salary offers remained the same in most fields, the only indication of a recession. Graduates in architecture, however, received salary offers as high as 10 percent above those of last year.Were they low last year?

There were 9012 interviews this year, down from a high of 10,043 in 1982. 431 companies conducted interviews, also down slightly from the record of 450 set in 1982, the report said. Biggest, most interviews, any of this info?

The report also explored the individual aspects of the engineering student.

How about management, XXI, Sciences, etc...

Engineering students today have more diverse interests than those of a few years ago, the report stated. Most are searching for a career that will satisfy these interests as well as the discipline in which they have majored.

"This is where the Placement Office comes in," said Robert K. Weatherall, director of Career Services and Preprofessional Advising. "The choice of major by a student is not necessarily his choice of career."

The Placement Office counsels students to help them decide which career would suit them best, Weatherall explained. The office publishes various literature, such as the Careers Handbook, to aid students in making this decision.

Weatherall added that most engineers presently want to move up into higher level management positions, contrary to engineers of the past.Only Engineers want to move up?