With an office full of "computer geeks" it isn't surprising that we love technology. So lately we've been sharing technological developments that range from fun to world changing and are relevant to not only our business, but yours as well. Still, in the midst of exploring new technology, not only do we want to remember the great minds behind these advances, we also want to consider the young minds who may be behind the future of technology.
That's why Spud Software is always eager to engage with local students who want to learn more about our industry. In fact, last week we welcomed two groups of Grand Blanc High School students to spend a few hours at Spud to learn some of the ins and outs of the world of software development.
- Go back to school:
Maybe you don't have the resources to host a group of teenagers at your office, but you can engage in meaningful teaching opportunities right in the classroom. Volunteer to talk to a business class, visit a career day or even get hands on with vocational ed students.
- Motivate through mentoring:
Becoming a mentor benefits everyone. Not only are you helping a younger person through motivation, experience and interpersonal skills, but you may also see the benefits of a sense of achievement and personal satisfaction.
- Let a student "shadow" you:
Students benefit from hands-on learning, and one way to experience the real world is through shadowing an entrepreneur or employee for a day. Many area schools have programs in place for job shadowing. Just a couple of hours out of your day may ignite a passion in a student that they didn't know they had.
- Provide internship opportunities:
Being in a business environment is one of the best ways to learn. We all have those tasks that we'd rather hand off to someone else, and that task could not only give a student insight into your world, but also provide them with multiple learning opportunities - from the ground up. Many successful entrepreneurs started out as interns. It takes an investment of time and training on your part, but can be beneficial to you both.