How can we keep our top grads? Just ask them

May 2013

Seniors Megan Jones (Information Systems and Analytics) and Emma Paas (Finance) were quoted in a May 5th Cincinnati Enquirer story about the keys to keeping Ohio's brightest talent in Ohio.

Megan Jones, a management information systems major from Miami, accepted a job at Deloitte after interning there last summer. During her internship, she joined a running club, socialized at Reds games and the Banks with friends and co-workers and will join the alumnae board at her alma mater, St. Ursula Academy.

"They've all come together, that work-life balance," she says. "Now it would be hard to pull me away from here."

They're open to being courted. They pay attention to which companies show up at job fairs. They appreciate small gestures during internships - being sent to lunch with new hires or invited to be part of the volleyball team. They're impressed at the access they've had to Cincinnati city leaders and corporate officials.

Emma Paas didn't see herself taking a job in Minneapolis, but a summer internship with Target left her with connections and a good feel for the city. She's one of 15 new Miami graduates to accept jobs with Target. "They talked it up - 'Just come for the summer,"' she says. "I think if Cincinnati did that, they'd get results. They need to keep advertising the cities as much as they do the jobs."