For the last few months, as part of a combined initiative from Steps to Engineering and ICT Ireland’s ICT Champions Programme, I’ve been visiting a small number of secondary schools around [tag]Cork[/tag], describing to [tag]Transition Year[/tag] students what it’s like to work as a software engineer.
Having heard about dwindling numbers of students in 3rd level [tag]science[/tag] and [tag]engineering[/tag] courses, and having read about the current societal trend of devaluing the importance of scientic thinking, I expected the worst. I was concerned that my audience would be totally uninterested in what I had to say. I was pleasantly surprised.
I was listened to attentively and many questions were posed after each talk. A number of TY students have approached me looking for a work experience placement in DSI, and while we have been able to say yes to many, there are still a number of good, keen students out there still looking for a place. If you think your company could help out in this matter, please contact me here (blawlor at decaresystems.ie) or add a comment to this blog entry.
Remember that it is in our own best interests as an industry to encourage students with an interest in IT. We’ll be depending on their skills and enthusiasm over the coming years.
Thanks in advance.
– brendan lawlor –