America On Tech (AOT) coordinates career days for its students at leading companies and organizations to provide students with the necessary industry exposure they need to be successful in degrees and careers in technology. AOT partnered with Capital One to host a technology and finance career day for Computer Science Education Week.
AOT’s Tech Flex students visited Capital One, an American bank holding company specializing in credit cards, auto loans, banking, and savings accounts, which engaged them in an exciting out of school activity with technology professionals. To kick off the day, students were given a history of computer science, learning about Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer as well as the development of platforms like Facebook and Youtube. They were also given an overview of career pathways in computer science, which helped demystify the opportunities they can pursue outside of software engineering with a computer science pathway.
Following the history of computer science and overview of computer science careers, the students were able to participate in a panel discussion with Capital One employees who work in different fields of technology. Panelists included Tajee, Barbie and Daniel. The panelists provided insight about their various roles and general insight about the current and future state of technology. This discussion reinforced exposure to the importance of computer science and careers in technology.
“These kids were amazing to work with. Their willingness to learn and competitive spirit to be the best is unmatched. The future is so bright for these leaders," said Tajee.
Furthermore, the students were able to gain knowledge in financial education by participating in financial jeopardy with Capital One. As a result of this financial education activity, students were able to increase their knowledge on a variety of financial topics, including budgeting, managing credit cards and building credit.
Thank you again to Capital One for welcoming AOT and making this career day not only informative but memorable!