AT&T is moving to a software-defined, mobile-first environment. So the need to develop a pipeline of employees with the skills to succeed and to help us succeed has never been more critical.
Since our focus in Europe, Middle East, and Asia is to support multinational organizations, it’s important we have access to a skilled workforce to keep our customers connected across the globe. But we also see a broader need to prepare students and those already in the workforce — no matter where they work — for success in the 21st century global economy.
From July through September, selected students are participating in our summer internship program at AT&T in the Czech Republic and Slovakia – and also at our office in India. In Brno, we have three students majoring in information technology at Vysoke Uceni Technicke Brno University. Our Bratislava students are focusing on mathematics, physics and informatics, economic informatics, and information technology at various universities.The students spend part of their day getting to know various teams to get an overview of the technologies we cover and the scope of work for each group. The remaining time is spent working on projects suggested by individual teams in order to gain or improve skills of the students by fulfilling given goals. Students from Brno travel to Bratislava once a month to catch up with their fellow interns in Slovakia and the local team.
In cooperation with staffing teams, AT&T participates in various job fairs and events organized by the technical universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. For example, in Bratislava, we participate in the “Night of Chances” which is organized for students of IT Technologies to allow job seekers to meet top employers, experience programs, and participate in competitions. Taking part in these events helps AT&T reach out to students and promote opportunities at our company including the summer internship program.
The tech industry needs a capable and diverse pipeline of employees to fuel 21st century jobs. Today, the need is outpacing their availability. Investing in a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing we can do to support a strong global economy.