Spring ’21 Grads Get Jobs Before Diplomas
Crediting Their Florida Tech Experiences, Several Graduates Accepted Full-Time Positions Before They Even Graduated
At Florida Tech, we know that most people go to college with just one goal in mind: Get a job.
So, we help students do just that—oftentimes, before they even graduate.
Just ask some of our most recent graduates who were honored at the Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony May 1.
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a cyber operations concentration and a computational mathematics minor, Sam Hartle ’21 has accepted a cyber reverse engineer position with ICR Inc. He interned with ICR last summer after learning about the opportunity through Handshake, Florida Tech’s job and internship resource database for students.
Sam’s story isn’t unique. Our co-op and internship programs connect students with major employers and industry leaders, frequently resulting in full-time job offers before they graduate.
Like Ethan Kennedy ’21. Ethan interned at Raytheon Technologies for years before the company offered him a full-time research engineer position when he graduated.
Throughout that time, Ethan took what he learned in the classroom and lab and applied it to his internships—a practice, he says, is what persuaded the company to extend the job offer.
Muhammad Khan ’21 received a job offer that didn’t stem from internship experience but from proactive outreach. After he applied for the thermal engineer position at Concept Group LLC, he started reaching out to current employees via LinkedIn to learn about their experiences with the company. This, he believes, is what got him the interview that ultimately led to his hiring.
Muhammad, a mechanical engineering alumnus, doesn’t know how to put into words how amazing it feels to have secured a full-time job in his dream field before graduation.
Haley Gilmour ’21 agrees that her Florida Tech experience helped shape her into who she is today.
As a student-athlete and graduating senior, Haley had a lot to juggle in her final semester. So, she couldn’t have been happier to strike “Get a job” from her to-do list. And while it was bittersweet to graduate, she felt ready for the next chapter thanks in large part to the people she met here.
Stephen Chang ’21, an ocean engineering alumnus who has accepted a job as an engineer on Manson Construction Co.’s Gulf & East Coast Dredging Team, echoed this sentiment in a reflective post on LinkedIn.
College may be only four years, but a Florida Tech education is an investment that will pay off for a lifetime.