Call it career reconnaissance. A kind of fact-and-feel-finding field trip to learn: What types of jobs does a technology company offer? Do I want a career in tech? What kind of training and education would I need?
A group of New York college and high school students interested in STEM, entrepreneurship, or coding careers gathered at least a terabyte of impressions on their career exploration field trip to Infor headquarters in New York last week. The Women's Infor Network (WIN) hosted the group from Futures and Options, an organization that connects underserved youth with career training and opportunities.
The students toured the office, and saw some real-world applications for software.
"They showed us some prototypes that they were making and testing," said Rebecca Jiang, a sophomore at Manhattan Business Academy. "Those inventions were really cool, such as the 3-D body scanner."
They heard from a panel of Infor professionals about their education and career paths that got them where they are today.
"It was really helpful to share my interest in coding and graphic design to an UX designer who suggested that this could be a great career," said Anika Tasnim, a senior at Secondary School for Journalism.
Then, in smaller focus groups, they got to talk about themselves and ask more personalized questions.
"I was able to have a conversation I can't necessarily have with someone in my family or at school," said Awae Elnaw, a senior at Fort Hamilton High School.
Anne Benedict, Infor SVP of Human Resources, talked about the coolness factor of working for a cutting-edge company, and about Infor's commitment to assisting diverse youth to careers in technology. "We love hosting students from the Futures and Options program. These kids are fantastic."
The site visit is part of a companywide charity challenge sponsored by WIN, with employees encouraged to participate in charity fundraising and activities in conjunction with International Women's Day and Women's History Month.
"My biggest takeaway was not to limit myself," said Helen Lin, a student at Baruch College-City University of New York. "You never know where your career will take you."