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Speakers Needed! Share about your career with future IT students!

09/28/2021 5:17 PM | Deleted user

SOCHE Announces Virtual Sessions with Employers on Careers in Information Technology

Purpose: To expose High School teachers and Career Guidance Champions to the different career opportunities in Information Technology to better direct students in career paths

When: Tuesdays from 3 PM - 4 PM (19 Oct - 7 Dec 2021)

How: Live 1-hour virtual sessions that will be recorded to share across all schools in Ohio for greater impact

Audience:  High school teachers, career champions,  guidance counselors

Presenter: Employers who have experts in the listed topics >> This could be you!!

Format: 25-minute information session on each topic below (e.g. Computer Programmer) given by Presenter with 5-minute Q&A. Suggested talking points for the presenter are offered below. The presenter can create a PowerPoint presentation or a demo that explains their job.

Date Topic 1: 3 -3:30 PM Topic 2: 3:30 - 4 PM
19-Oct  IT technician/End-user support - collaborates with support specialists to analyze and diagnose computer issues Support specialists - responsible for reviewing and solving computer network and hardware problems for a business 
26-Oct Computer programmer - writes new computer software using coding languages (provide example of different languages and when to use them) Release Management – delivering new software and hardware to users
2-Nov  Quality assurance - testers who check software products to see if they're up to industry standards and free of any issues  User experience (UX) - designer is involved with all facets of product development regarding its purchasing, branding, usability and functionality. 
9-Nov Web development - design the appearance, navigation and content organization of a website  Data scientist - analyzes and organizes data to determine trends that can influence business decisions.
16-Nov Database administrator - employs specialized software to organize and keep track of data. The software can be associated with software configuration, security and performance when applicable.  Network engineers - work on the day-to-day maintenance and development of a company's computer network, utilizing their skills to make the network available and efficient for all employees within an organization.
23-Nov Systems analyst - reviews design components and uses their knowledge of information technology to solve business problems  Software engineers - applies their knowledge of mathematics and computer science to create and improve new software. 
30-Nov IT security - builds and maintains digital protective measures on intellectual property and data that belong to an organization.   IT Director oversees the strategy and execution of IT operations for an organization.
7-Dec Computer scientist  - applies their technological skills and resources to solve IT problems for businesses.  IT Project Manager – Oversees the hardware and software projects

Presenter Talking Points:

  • What is your job and how does it relate to your company’s success?
  • What is a typical day like for you?
  • How many hours a day do you spend in meetings or working in groups?
  • Do you mainly sit at a desk doing work individually or do you have an opportunity to work in different environments?
  • Are you expected to be oncall? If yes, how often?
  • What education or other experience helped you to get your current job?
  • When hiring a new employee in your department, what education does a candidate need?
  • What skill do you most value in hiring a new employee?
  • What advice would you give a student considering a career in your field?

Contact Information: Please email your timeslot preferences >> Patty Buddelmeyer (

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