Many colleges across the country have long complained about dwindling numbers of students entering tech-related majors, and Credit Suisse thinks the Expos are a good way to get some of those students' attention and seal the deal with others considering starting out their careers with the company.
"We'd like the pool to be bigger, but it’s a decent pool of candidates," Brophy said. While the number of U.S. students pursuing tech degrees has been falling in recent years, she said one fear is that the recent Wall Street crisis will end up discouraging kids from pursuing careers in financial services industries. However, it's possible that could result in some unintended benefits for tech employers, Brophy said, as more students reconsider tech-related fields. "Technology may become hot again," as a career choice for younger workers, she said.
In the meantime, Credit Suisse is witnessing some of the aftermath of Wall Street's recent troubles. "We're getting more resumés from entry-level analysts who had jobs at Lehman Bros. and Bear Stearns," she said.
Credit Suisse also holds annual IT Expos in its London, Singapore, and Zurich offices; however, the company hasn't yet opened up those events for recruiting.
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