College Visits by Local Software Professionals Yield Positive Results

Nov 20th, 2018

Software technology professionals recently completed a series of local college visits, giving computer science students an inside look at the industry, and the results are promising.

Students in all class years at University at Albany, Siena, Union, St. Rose, RPI and Skidmore heard from software professionals about their experiences working for technology companies. Speakers included computer programmers, developers and engineers employed by startups and international corporations.

These meetings are designed to better prepare students for the workforce by painting a realistic picture of what it’s like to work for a software technology company. Students had a chance to ask questions and speakers offered their candid advice.

Speaker Adam Kendall from Brookland Corporation wants students to have a keen awareness of the company culture and work/life balance before accepting an offer anywhere.

“If you're an aggressive, ambitious developer, you'll want to be around like-minded people willing to put in extra hours. Others have important personal pursuits outside of work and value flex time. The options are out there – you just need to find them,” he says.

In a follow-up survey sent to Siena students, many cited networking opportunities, having access to a professional in the field and learning more about employment opportunities within the NY Tech Loop after graduating as benefits of attending.

These meetings offer speakers an avenue to give soon-to-be college graduates the career advice many of them never received when they were students. Introducing students to the area’s software technology companies early on can pave the way for mentoring opportunities, internships and ultimately gainful employment.

Most importantly, these meetings expose students to the area’s technology landscape before they’ve made a decision about where they want to work and live following graduation.

With more than half of the Capital Region’s employers expecting to increase hiring in the coming year, local companies have an opportunity to connect with talented candidates and keep them in the area.

Based on the success of this first round of meetings, the NY Tech Loop plans to offer more meet and greets this coming spring.

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