On February 27, 2020, America On Tech (AOT) partnered with NBCUniversal to host a Technology Career Day for STEM Prep Schools and Alliance Marine - Innovation & Technology students. This career day focused on giving the students an insight on technology careers at NBCUniversal. Additionally, the students heard directly from a panel of NBCUniversal technology volunteers, engaged in a speed networking session and participated in the world famous NBCU Studio Tour.
The career day kicked off with a welcome and introduction of NBCUniversal. During this time, students were given an informational history of NBCUniversal, had the opportunity to compete for small prizes and answered questions about popular NBC shows and upcoming film releases.
Afterwards, the students then had a chance to hear from five NBCUniversal panelists, which was moderated by Arlene Perez, a Software Developer at NBC Digital. The panelists included: Debbie Fiorella, Joseph Kaufman, Ronda Haralson, Tammy Jordan and Alicia Tolbert.
After the panel discussion, students were broken up into groups of three for a 45 minute speed networking session. Each group of students was paired with one or two NBCUniversal employee(s) to learn about their background, career paths, and what they do today. Students also had the chance to tell the employee(s) about themselves. Each session lasted roughly ten minutes, as employee(s) rotated between student tables.
To end the career day, both schools and AOT staff were given a tour of the NBCUniversal lot. Students were excited to physically be on a production set, take pictures in the prop department and see the popular fictional town, Whoville, from The Grinch.
It was beyond spectacular and an eye opener for students to see and take part in something far beyond their classroom experience. Thank you again to NBCUniversal for welcoming AOT and making this career day not only instructive, but unforgettable!