SAP’s October Month of Service kept on rolling this week as SAP volunteers in the New York office welcomed over 20 participants from the nonprofit NPower for a Career Day Workshop. The participants, all living within the New York area and aged 18-25-years old, were able to learn about SAP, ask questions about the IT and tech industry, sit with SAP employees one-on-one and interact with IT staff in Philadelphia via SAP’s TelePresence Connection room.
NPower is an organization designed to “help nonprofits, schools and individuals build technology skills” by getting them involved directly with the tech industry and community. It enables volunteers and leaders in the tech industry to connect with young adults interested in technology and IT through a 22-week program that teaches IT skills and also helps secure internships with IT businesses and companies at the end of the program.
SAP has played a role with NPower for several years now, bringing its program’s participants to the New York office at least twice a year, once in October for the Month of Service and then again in April. In addition to this, SAP also gives a grant of $50,000 to the organization every year.
Jennifer Zarcone, who works in communications for SAP’s Industry Business Solutions, led the Career Day activities and has done so for nearly seven years. “The kids come here and they’re dressed in suits and they’re prepared,” Zarcone said, noting that many of the NPower participants even studied the SAP website before their visit. “Once you’re in the room with them and they’re asking you questions, they really give you energy.”
In addition to a general introduction to SAP from Zarcone – on the company’s size, scope, customers, revenues and operations – the NPower participants got to do an icebreaker activity to feel more comfortable, then were split into breakout sessions with SAP employees to talk about career paths. Following this, the group got to use the TelePresence Conference technology in the New York office’s Washington Square room, where they got to talk to Dan Bates, one of SAP’s top IT Support Staff members in Philadelphia, who talked to them about the ins and outs of the IT industry.
Zawadi Nelson, another NPower participant, agreed that seeing the TelePresence Conference technology in action was his favorite part. “It was like a web cam times one hundred,” he laughed.
Lastly, the NPower participants got to take a tour of the office’s IT Server room with one of SAP’s best IT personnel, Keenan Lawton. “It definitely keeps me on my toes,” Lawton said. “They ask a lot of good questions and are all very inquisitive. You can see they are really trying to take what they’ve learned from their training and see how it works in reality.