Three Greek companies participated for the first time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) European Career Fair which was held recently in Boston.
This initiative was led by the MIT Hellenic Student Association and was actively supported by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Ministry of Education, and the Greek Consulate General of Boston.
According to the student club members, their main goal is to connect Greek businesses with some of the best students in the world, as well as with highly qualified young professionals. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort to meet the critical needs of the Greek industry and to curb the brain drain phenomenon.
The MIT European Career Fair is the largest in the US. It is aimed primarily at students and young professionals interested in returning to Europe.
Each year, it attracts over 3,000 participants from some of the most accredited US academic institutions, who are primarily active in the areas of technology, science, biology, business administration, and economics.
Greece was represented at the MIT European Career Fair by three leading export companies, ElvalHalkor, Epexyl, and Raycap; all interested in enhancing their workforce. The Greek representatives stood next to companies like Airbus, Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler, ABB, ASML, and Bayer. Many Greek students visited the exhibition booths and spoke with company representatives. Moreover, Greek companies had great success in attracting foreign students too.
The hope for next year is to increase the participation of enterprises as well as attract academic and research institutions. Boosting Greek presence in the international job market could help alleviate the brain drain phenomenon through the repatriation of highly esteemed Greek graduates.
Among universities in the Boston area, such as MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Northeastern University, Tufts and Boston College there are currently more than 250 Greek students while more than 1,000 Greek professionals and tens of thousands of Greek expatriates work in the greater New England area.