Last week, the Path team was lucky enough to once again host a series of Career Day panels for students in the New York on Tech (NYOT) program. As in past years, we served up pizza and career info, and the students delivered hard-hitting questions and serious doses of insight.
New York on Tech is a program with an inspirational mission – creating pathways to tech jobs for NYC’s underserved student populations. Despite computing and technology jobs being at the front of the list of new wage opportunities in the United States, many NYC students are not being properly positioned to participate in tech sector careers. NYOT aims to change that through initiatives like tech-focused after school programs, industry mentorship pairings, and eye-opening career panels, all aimed at showing students the options available to them and providing them with valuable industry contacts.
As enthusiastic employers of many of local public-school alums, Path is always only too happy to help.
Our NYOT Career Day consisted of 6 Path employees discussing their roles at the company, what a typical “day in the life” looks like for them, and how they achieved digital career success. The panelists’ presentations covered topics like Analytics, Digital Media, Paid Search, Web Design and Development, and Search Engine Optimization. Our CEO, Michael Coppola, even stepped in to offer a few words of encouragement and discuss his own digital journey.
After the presentations, it was time for our favorite part: pizza and Q&A! Between bites, the students received industry tips and guidance on their career journey.
As NYOT’s continued success shows, the desire for mentoring and networking is there. Although brief, our presentations offer a plan of action to make students’ initial confusing steps toward desired employment a little bit easier. As the interactive designer here at Path, it’s fulfilling to know that I contribute to sharing knowledge with students and opening their minds to roles they probably once thought weren’t in their reach. That’s why I do this.