A Day at MiCareerQuest

A Day at MiCareerQuest

NewFoundry recently spent the day at MiCareerQuest chatting with area high school students about careers in mobile and web application engineering. The event drew nearly 10,000 students from Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. Attendees spent the day rotating through exhibits centered on four thematic industry groupings: information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction, and health sciences. The goal of the event is to give young people a glimpse of in-demand career opportunities to consider as they think about the future.

“One thing we emphasized in our conversations with the students today is that a rewarding career in software development doesn’t necessarily require a four-year degree,” remarked NewFoundry’s Director of Strategy Beth Simon. “One of the first things our team does when evaluating an engineering job candidate is to look at examples of things they have done – code they have written on their own, just for fun, with friends, or for a project. And I suspect that other employers in our industry would say the same thing. So if students see a future for themselves in software development, our advice is to just jump in – download an SDK, start playing around, experimenting, creating things, and breaking things.”

NewFoundry’s Courtney Jones, Richard Chang, and Beth Simon

NewFoundry’s exhibit featured a demo vehicle generously on loan to us by our valued partner and client, Renesas Electronics America, which showcases NewFoundry projects centered on human-machine interface (HMI) design for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), embedded engineering, software-defined radio (SDR), data analysis, information display, and more.

MiCareerQuest Southeast took place on November 28, 2018 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The event was coordinated by MichiganWorks! and Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. Read more about the event in The Detroit News and on the MiCareerQuest website.