- November 30, 2011
Yesterday, we attended the MadeInAustin Fair, an event that can perhaps be described as a “Job Fair 2.0”. The event, endorsed by Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Bob Metcalfe and other local leaders, focused on connecting students with start-ups and small companies. The goal? To stop the massive brain drain of tech talent from the Silicon Hills.
According to Leffingwell, 80% of the engineers graduating from the University of Texas leave the city to seek work in other cities. With over 100 companies in attendance at yesterday’s event, the vast majority searching for engineers, it’s obvious that the start-up community of Austin needs to make a concerted effort to keep and attract talent to our fair city.
So what’s the sell to UT’s most talented engineers who tend leave Austin to work for the Googles and Facebooks of the world? Instead of leaving town, connect to the start-ups in your community and work for the next Google and the next Facebook.
The sell of working for a start-up? Your job will be a dynamic and exciting. You’ll have real influence over the direction of the company and its products. You get to work with similarly driven, innovative, (often) very fun people. And if it all works out, the monetary payoffs can be huge.
In addition to the openings for full time positions and internships with us, there’s tons of other opportunities in Austin. We encourage you to keep the spirit of innovation alive by joining or starting your own startup.
Here are some great resources to check out to get you on your way:
MadeInAustin Fair: Interested in a position with an Austin start-up or small tech company? Peruse the full list of attendees of the first MadeInAustin Fair and check out current openings for full-time, part-time and internship roles.
campus2careers: Connect with positions at start-ups and small/medium sized businesses. Currently only available in Texas, but looking to be nationwide in the next year.
Capital Factory: Check out this early stage accelerator program for tech startups that provides a small amount of seed capital and weekly mentoring sessions by entrepreneurs who have founded successful companies.