IT in the D, Episode 50.
We were going to call it “Girls, Girls, Girls”, but then we realized that we’d probably get “Slapped, Slapped, Slapped”, and so…yeah, no.
As we knew it would be, this episode was a blast.
It was a wild ride from the get go…
As always, our first segment ran through the introductions around the room, and then dove into some news and events that have caught our eye over the past week.
The links to find those stories…and some we didn’t get to due to time constraints but are still worth taking a look at…can be found down below.
For our second segment, we hopped in with Kate Catlin to talk about her project geared towards helping small business downtown improve the way they do things.
There’s a whole host of cool incentives for donors, including coffee mugs from Great Lakes Coffee, a great lunch, a spin class, a tour of historic downtown bars, flower delivery, something for foodies, and tons more. Even though she hit her original goal, she’s now aiming higher to get even more done, so check it out and donate at http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44667-assemble-giving-small-businesses-a-bigger-chance
Our third segment focused in with repeat guest Elyse Turner from Brightwing.
We talked about the job market and the kinds of positions that Brightwing is currently on the hunt to fill, as well as what they’re seeing in the local industry scene with regards to contract, contract to hire and permanent placement positions.
We also dove into some common ground that we’ve all walked over from time to time – helping out college students (and others) who are woefully unprepared for the real world upon graduation.
Students with 3.8 and higher GPAs that should be a lock for the jobs that they’re not getting, and the feedback coming in says it’s because of the lack of softer skills – they can’t communicate properly, they don’t know how to talk with people, they can’t express what it is that they actually do or want to do…or even worse, they’re showing up unshowered, completely unprepared…
…or they have their mom keeping tabs on the recruiter and the interview process…
We saved the best for last (no offense to Kate and Elyse, of course) and our fourth and final segment roped our other repeat guest for the night, Erika Carlson, on to center stage.
Erika has her hands in just as many (if not more) things as we do, and so it’s always good when we get can our schedules to sync up so we can play catch up with her. And get a new drop or two for future usage…
Her two main areas of focus these days are her work as one of the founders of Girl Develop IT – Detroit and her “real world” job at Detroit Labs. For those not in the know, she not only talks the talk, but has walked the walk herself. She was studying clinical psychology just a few years ago (which probably explains why she knows how to manipulate the three of us so easily and well) when she made the gutsy decision to switch gears and head into coding. Her frustration with finding good resources led her to partnering with a few others to start the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop IT, a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to getting women more involved and engaged with technology by teaching them how to develop in various languages and get them up to speed for a new career track. That whole backstory can be heard way back in Episode 2 of our show here. She then took what she learned both through her own studies and while teaching, and is now working at Detroit Labs, a great company downtown that’s doing something we harp about constantly – solving their own talent shortage by creating what they need. Their Apprentice program just recently closed out the latest round of applications, where they had over 200 people apply to be a part of a program that actually pays people to learn on the job and gain the skills that Detroit Labs specifically needs as an employer.
What a novel concept.
So listen live and hear all about what Kate, Elyse and Erika have going on, as well as every Freudian slip you can possibly make during a two hour broadcast and other random mayhem.
Tune in next week as we’re joined by the CKC Agency and Dom Riggio of Mess Bucket Comics. Because no, we’re still not done talking about our Comic Con adventure just yet…
As always, we can be found:
On the web: http://www.ITinTheD.com
On Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/
On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/
On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/
On Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/
Kate Catlin’s Assemble fundraising drive can be found at: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/44667-assemble-giving-small-businesses-a-bigger-chance
News stories that caught our attention:
Tech Company That May Not Exist Is Worth $5 Billion: http://www.