Summit on Career Pathways in Ohio, March 25

Patrick S. Osmer — March 21, 2013

Pat Osmer

I will be meeting all day on March 25 with Ohio employers, university educators, and policy makers about how we can strengthen pathways for Ohio graduate and undergraduate students into careers.

I am truly excited about this event because it is a foundational step in getting Ohio universities and employers working together to meet Ohio’s needs for a highly educated, skilled, and creative workforce. And, as you know, graduate students have the talent, training, and drive to meet those needs, and I am looking forward to sharing reports with you from the meeting as well as definitive outcomes.

The Graduate School is co-sponsoring this meeting with Battelle and partners Case Western Reserve University, the Business-Higher Education Forum, and the Council of Graduate Schools.

The focus is on addressing how undergraduate and graduate students move into careers that rely heavily upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  However, as you know, many of the top-level topics—business and education partnerships, what do employers expect of graduate degree holders, how are graduate schools and employers work together on optimal pathways through grad school and into careers—pertain to all fields.

President Gee is attending as part of a panel over lunch, and in the afternoon, I am chairing the session on graduate education. This session includes two panels of industry leaders, students, and educators and focuses on expectations that employers have of graduate degree holders, the knowledge that graduate student have (or don’t) of career pathways, and how universities and employers can work together to support the preparation of a highly skilled workforce, especially in Ohio. I want to point you to the Council of Graduate Schools’ 2012 career pathways report that led us to create this event. I chaired the commission that wrote this report, and it provides important information about where we are and where we need to go.

I know from talking with many of you that you are very interested in career pathways and how to prepare yourself for careers both within and outside academia. I am very much interested in your comments and suggestions about your experiences and the career development resources available to you at Ohio State. Links to many of those resources are to the right.

Patrick S. Osmer is vice provost of graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. He is also currently serving as chair of the board of directors for the Council of Graduate Schools. Osmer was chair of the Ohio State astronomy department from 1993-2006.

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