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The Soviet Brain Drain is our Brain Gain: A Career Transition Program for Émigré Scientists and Engineers

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Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Stephen Rosen

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Labor (Employment and labor supply)
Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)
Science and technology (Scientists, engineers, and technical workers)

Keywords: Immigration; Employment; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Scientific Career Transitions assists highly trained Soviet emigre scientists and engineers to find work in their new country by teaching them the behavioral tools needed to network successfully. In twice weekly group sessions, emigres learn self-reliant job search techniques and practice their communication and interviewing skills. In the program's first full year of operation, 100 of 200 scientists and engineers found work in or close to their original area of expertise with an average job search time of 5.1 months.