Today I was given the opportunity to speak to a roomful of about a hundred 8th through 12th graders that were interested in learning more about IT career possibilities, and get some hands-on experience with a real-world implementation of various technologies in a lab setting at the Kirkwood High Tech Guys Day. It was a great event! Thanks for the opportunity to share my experience and why I think there is a technology-related career for anyone that is interested in pursuing that route. Hopefully I provided a few useful suggestions to help those students get a little closer to realizing their career focus and encouragement for them to start making connections that will enable those careers at a very early age as well.
If you are interested in seeing my slides, they are online, although they might make a ton of sense without my presentation. I'd love to do it again if anyone else has a similar event they'd like me to speak at (mainly because I really liked the way the slides turned out :] ).
It's events like these that reinforce my feeling that we are doing some pretty cool things here in the Creative Corridor!