Brain drain is not a new problem, but Iowa employers must adopt new ways to attract talent by developing personal connections by focusing on career opportunities, fostering connections between employees and the community and providing mentorships to nurture young talent, panelists at a July 22 Brain Drain forum said.
Iowa’s estimated 2014 population of 3.1 million marked a 2 percent increase from when the 2010 census was taken, a rate slower than the 3.3 percent national population growth in that same time. This IowaWatch Connection podcast takes you deeper into the story.
As part of the third annual IowaWatch college media project, 10 student journalists at seven Iowa campuses conducted interviews with graduating students to delve into the issue of brain drain in Iowa. The interviews reveal students’ post-graduation plans and reasons for either leaving or staying in Iowa.
Meghan Horihan talked on the Tuesday, April 21, 2015, “Your Town” show on KXIC radio, AM 800, in Iowa City about her two years doing public relations work at IowaWatch while a University of Iowa student. While there, she also previewed a story pending for Sunday, May 10, publication about college students in Iowa who go out of the state for jobs after graduating. Also on the program Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller spoke about a major project about hidden illnesses at Iowa college campuses that a Simpson College student journalism team compiled. Host Jay Capron welcomes IowaWatch each month to talk about the nonprofit news organization. You may listen to the latest interview at the link below.