Last Friday we got a visit from our friends at i.c. stars, a technology and leadership training program for low-income adults. Our COO Mark Rickmeier gave a lunchtime presentation to nine students from the organization's 25th graduating class. Mark covered several topics relating to pursuing and succeeding in a career in technology, including how to define a career objective and strategy, how to research jobs and hiring companies, and how to impress in an interview and beyond.

"We work 60 hours a week for four months to complete the i.c.stars internship," says Training Program Manager Deborah Cane. "We work with Fortune 500 companies to understand what it means to be a consultant. We work with local venture capitalists to understand what it means to put together a business pitch. We worked with coaches from across the tech spectrum to work on coding from HTML5 to SQL. And at the end of this crazy rollercoaster of learning, Table XI swooped in! Just talking about where your career can go in an atmosphere like this, sitting at the table with people who dream big for a living, gave us the extra boost we need to go out and conquer that job market."

We were so excited to be able to arm these students with these kinds of tactics as they head into the Chicago workforce, where there are lots of developer jobs to be had. We're hoping to do more of these types of sessions in the future; in the meantime, keep your eye out for i.c. stars talent.


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