Hire a Cloud Kid

July 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

by Diane Krakora, CEO

In the days of web 2.0 technologies and social networking, job seekers are being very creative – from setting up Google Alerts, to leveraging KnowEm and updating on-line profiles weekly to stay at the top of queue. Here at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, about 100 recent college graduates are walking around wearing bright blue “Hire Me” t-shirts.

However in this economy, it takes more than creativity. Microsoft knows that and has created the Students to Business (S2B) program – an initiative designed to connect Microsoft partners and customers with qualified students for entry-level and internship positions. These are the kids sporting “Hire Me” t-shirts, chatting up the solution provider leaders at breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and cocktail hours.  Considering the dearth of capable talent available for the solution providers pushing rapidly into cloud computing solutions, the Students to Business program can help partners find kids that were “born on the cloud” (at least in their professional lives). And after being trapped in a lunch line with half a dozen of them – they certainly know their stuff!

The objective of the S2B program is to inspire local businesses to communicate the competency requirements for new talent, to evaluate the skills of students ready for an entry-level job or internship and collaborate with Microsoft and local education institutions to provide the curriculum and training needed to ensure students are prepared to meet the innovation needs of companies around the globe. Students engaged in S2B benefit from unique mentoring, training and certification opportunities. Various offers are available to students at each stage of S2B: during the job/internship search, the application process, and after they’ve been hired.

Students participate in the program by registering at the S2B portal and submitting a resume that details their skills, experience and interests. To find jobs or internships, students can browse the portal and apply for positions that interest them, and companies can search the site for students with the skills and experience they need. If specific skills are in demand among employers— such as SharePoint technologies or Microsoft Dynamics software—Microsoft works with training providers, universities and student organizations to offer additional training, which can range from one-day workshops to intensive courses lasting several months.

The S2B program was first piloted in Italy in 2006 and has since been rolled out in more than 65 countries, connecting more than 300,000 students with new career skills, leading to 15,000 students with jobs and internships as part of the Microsoft community.


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