24. IBM

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Morning, Watson! Millennials at IBM may get to work on or alongside IBM's very own Jeopardy prodigy.

And for new hires who aren't sure yet which field best suits them, IBM encourages them to try different industries. So a data analyst might start out looking at consumer data to better market mutual funds for the financial industry, then for their next project, look at HR stats to find ways to lure talent to the aerospace and defense industry.

Employees can get a taste of international work through IBM's Corporate Service Corps. Participants typically are given a month at regular pay to work in developing nations on projects like boosting tourism or decreasing violence. There may be long hours during the two months before and after the project, as employees get training and prep the next group of participants.

To impress hiring managers, it's more important to show you're a quick learner who can readily identify and solve problems rather than demonstrate your expertise in a specific area, says Masharn Austin, IBM Watson workforce strategy and talent leader. "We are looking for people who have that innovative, hacker mindset," he says. --A.L.

First published June 29, 2016: 2:49 PM ET
Data source: Universum Global

How we pick the Top Employers for New Grads: Think of it as a popularity contest for companies: Every year research firm Universum Global ranks the most desirable employers, based on where undergraduate students around the world say they'd most like to work after graduation. More

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