Secondary school students become part of AT&T Slovakia in Bratislava and Košice for a day to see for themselves what a standard day at the international company is like.
Bratislava, July 1st , 2014 – For the first time ever, the full-time employee teams working at the AT&T* offices in Bratislava and Košice will welcome new colleagues for a few hours – that is to say, secondary school students from various regions of Slovakia. The students can find out for themselves what working for an international company really involves and ask experts from AT&T for advice on how to develop their ideas and assert themselves.
The students taking part in the AT&T mentoring programme had previously successfully completed a student business idea competition organised by Junior Achievement Slovakia. Students from four different secondary schools in Bratislava, Košice, Levice and Námestovo, will be guided by AT&T mentors, who are there to show them what a standard day at the company is like. They will take part in meetings, observing communication with customers. They will also get experience of managing their own projects and learn how to design and present a successful mobile application.
“Students in secondary schools should be given a chance to see what their future jobs might look like. In Košice and Bratislava, we found many talented students who have perseverance and come up with good ideas, which is highly appreciated. We hope such activities facilitate their future career decision-making,” says Mária Grežďová, HR Manager at AT&T Slovakia, describing the project. “We actively support educational projects that contribute to the development of students’ qualifications and knowledge. We have positions that are suited not only for students of technology, but also project managers and specialists in the procurement and purchase of goods and services,” she adds.
This opportunity to spend a day at the company is one of several activities that AT&T organises to provide secondary school students with practical experience. AT&T mentors have already advised secondary school students on how to compose a CV, make presentations, as well as plan and manage projects. AT&T and Junior Achievers Slovakia have been cooperating for some time now, with as many as 400 students from 58 high schools having been involved in various company workshops and lecture sessions so far.
Their successful projects also include close cooperation with secondary vocational schools. From February to June 2014, a group of 28 third-year students studying Information and networking technology at Stredná odborná škola Ostrovského in Košice (“Secondary vocational school in Ostrovského Street”) received professional practical training from AT&T instructors. Over the course of five months, the students spent several hours at the AT&T facilities in Košice every other week, solving issues and case studies they might face in their future. The cooperation between AT&T and the secondary vocational school will continue next year as well.
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