Matt Gergely

Contributor

One of the most frightening events in a recently graduated college student’s life is the dreaded “Job Interview”.

Baldwin Wallace’s Physics Professor Dr. Edwin F. Meyer stopped by LCCC to give a presentation on Oct. 6 in the iLoft Center. The presentation was on how to make candidates more attractive to interviewers and provide them with helpful advice.

While he gave multiple tips and recommendations, one message took center stage over his presentation, being a problem solver.

Starting off the presentation, Meyer introduces his viewers on the bleak status of the American worker force compared to the skills required by businesses. “What we are dealing with is a talent gap. For the first time in the history of the human race we have a situation where people need jobs and there are jobs open, but there’s a gap because we do not have enough talent,” Meyer stated.

Meyer pointed the actions our current legislatures are taking to help curve this “talent gap” including congressional efforts to give green card status to people having a bachelor degree educational or higher.

Why this outsourcing of talent may be frustrating to some, it’s important to emphasize the lack of qualified workers in the United States.

While the situation may be bleak, there is a valuable skill and talent that college students can learn and practice to increase the competitiveness in the job market; that skill is problem solving.

Problem solving is the foundation of building and maintaining a successful and meaningful job in America’s growing demand for leadership, according to Meyer.

“Problem solving is the ability to sit for a long time and work out something out independently, something new to have this awakening to seeing things in a new, inspiring light,” explained Meyer.  This kind of talent is the kind that grabs the interests of America’s tech moguls like Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Google’s Sundar Pichai.

Meyer hypothesizes the reason why we have a shortage of problem solvers is because of the aging American education system. “Our current system does not provide an ample environment for students to just simply think and analyze problems. We just give them a problem and tell them, work,” Meyer explains.   

Our current American educational system hasn’t undergone a massive change in its structure since the progressive movement of the early 1900’s. This has lead to a decrease in the competitiveness of American children compared to other children around the world at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Meyer has personally tried to thwart this problem facing American students by offering specific course at Baldwin Wallace that focus on promoting a student’s ability to solve difficult and challenged problems. These exercises target the brain, and like any muscle work it out to stimulate it; allowing the process of new neurons that help promote thinking.

Of course students don’t need to take special classes to help them with their problem solving skills. In the end, all it really takes is determination to improve and this drive in the end is what will make a difference in the interview and distinguish you from other interviewees, according to Meyer.

Anyone who is interested in talking to Meyer about this subject can contact him at emeyer@bw.edu.

To learn more about classes offered by Baldwin Wallace or transferring, visit their website at www.bw.edu.