Today, at 9:30am, it was time: Eighth graders from Ricarda Huch School in Gießen had the opportunity to come and see us. It was a get-acquainted get-together of a slightly different kind, initiated by teacher Mrs. Lusaper Witteck and by our colleagues Sophia Hartmann and Laura Mulch. The idea behind this get-together was: To show students what you can do today professionally in the IT and creative field. A classic company concept? To the organizers, it looked too boring for 13- and 14-year-olds. It should be something fun that they would remember.
No sooner said than done: After a short presentation about milch & zucker – we had to present some general information about us – we moved right on to joint programming a drone with colleague Steffen Dietz. A drone? OK, this isn’t how we earn our living. Rather, we just wanted to show them examples of how to apply IT knowledge. And that can have a big role in everyday life. In addition, that we can also be active in the creative sector. Graphics expert Christiane Roth impressively demonstrated how and with which tools one can do this type of work. She professionally edited a group photo taken of the students and presented it to the participants at the end. There were lots of oohs and ahs – and especially postings to Snapchat, Instagram & Co. And the drone? It was programmed so that it could safely fly over our company parking lot – without causing any collateral damage. So this was a complete success.
Summary: We should absolutely do it again! Because from our point of view, you can hardly just lead young people to today’s IT world. Being there live, thinking along with them and asking questions is just unbeatable. Around 11.30 am, it was time to get together and eat: There was delicious pizza for everybody. A round table in all senses of the word.
“We wanted to show the schoolchildren exactly what working life is about. Meaning, we wanted them to see what kinds of soft and hard skills are needed. I hope we succeeded in getting them to think about it – that is, about their future and their own talents. It was all about answers to questions such as “what do I like, what am I good at, how do I want to develop?” The whole morning was also a whole load of fun”, said David Rosenberg, COO.
Views and impressions:
“What I really liked was that you could get to grips with things and not just sit back and watch.”
“Maybe I will do an apprenticeship here some day!”
“I had loads of fun! I especially liked using the drone, but we also learned something about editing pictures and we also got information about the company.”
“I liked finding out that marketing also has a lot to do with psychology.”
I did learn some new things here today, although IT really isn’t my thing – later on I would rather do something in the social services field.”