Ohio ponders its brain drain

The OSU lantern detailed the dialogue inside of Ohio government circles focused on whether Ohio suffered brain drain.

Notions are being tested whether there is a brain drain; government statistics highlight %30 of students who leave the state once they graduate. Some call this a big number, some say it’s small. Probably, it reflects well on the quality of the Ohio education establishment.

But the idea persists: how can Ohio hang on to talented people? In the article, the government voices concern that firms lack the ability to effectively recruit high quality people from the likes of Ohio Wesleyan, OSU, and a host of other national-class institutions.

In my experience as an undergraduate at Colgate, which is a classically rural, isolated school, great firms were willing to visit us to find graduates. Goldman Sachs and other storied global firms would gladly travel from the big cities to find us. Most colleges sponsor employer visits, but you’ve got to wonder how often any firm can conceivably visit a campus.

Take Google for example. This firm spins out new project ideas all the time, and faces a 24/7 need to source talent from top schools. Currently, they have to wait for people to come to them. It would be sensational if they could go to students to recruit them as consistently as they needed their labor. Such is the state of affairs, today.

But what about the rest of the economy, how do they source talent? The same way Google does. They do career day, fill up the gym, then do follow-up visits. Usually, even the best firms achieve one to two visits per academic year. (Any HR person who does more on-campus visitations, let me know, I will pitch you).

Smaller, lesser trademark firms need better penetration into campus talent. They need to know what your coursework is, what your capabilities are (Specifically!). They also need to know what your research subject are (and were).

Most busy firms can’t send a qualified HR person out to visit more than a couple times a year. This means that they can’t source talent on more than a few occasions. The need for an IT system to penetrate the campus, and divulge where the talent is, will assist Ohio to recruit and retain its valued students.


About stefan bund

Founder of Next Acropolis. MS in Information Systems and Technology, Claremont Graduate University... Background in software engineering and teaching.
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