Student Capstone Presentations: The Start of Something Special
May 23, 2013
These go-getters have their eyes on the prize. And we’ve definitely got our ears to the ground.
As Long View’s Director of People Services, I want to ensure that we continue to bring the best people available on board — not only to ensure Long View’s core pillars of Integrity, Competence, Value, and Fun, but also to perpetuate our special workplace culture.
And that’s why I’m excited to tell you all about a couple of events we recently attended for the first time — events that will strengthen our partnerships with post-secondary schools, and give us a leg up in recruiting the best and brightest among the next wave of IT professionals entering the workforce.
Last month, members of our Long View team attended similar “capstone presentation” events at two technical institutes — Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, and SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. In both cases, students presented their final-term projects to members of the IT industry for discussion and review.
Recruiter Jenn Bishop from our Edmonton team flew the Long View banner during NAIT’s capstone event. Systems administration students had been asked, as part of their final projects, to establish an IT consulting firm, design a network/server infrastructure, and make a presentation to industry contacts.
Jenn had an opportunity to ask these graduating students about their projects. She also held on-the-spot mock interviews, traded information, and walked away with some new connections to some future superstars.
Meanwhile, recruiters Chelsea Balsdon and Sonya King from our Calgary team provided a Long View presence during the IT Capstone Project Showcase at SAIT Polytechnic — as graduating students in the Information Technologies (IT) program pitched their final-term projects to an industry audience.
Once again, our recruiters were able to exchange business cards, collect resumes, and keep tabs on some of the more exceptional IT students about to enter the workforce.
“It was a great opportunity for us, and other employers, to see students in action, as they showcased their own innovative ideas and hands-on projects,” says Chelsea.
A recruiting advantage, and promotion of the Long View brand, aren’t the only potential benefits for Long View out of these initiatives. Because of these connections, we also now have the opportunity to shape post-secondary curriculum by sharing our needs and our experiences as an IT industry leader.
By definition, a capstone is the final piece of a hard-won achievement. But in these newly established relationships, I see the start of something special.
(Photo of SAIT Polytechnic’s IT Capstone Project Showcase courtesy Chelsea Balsdon)