In December 2011, a Student to Business (S2B) event in Yogyakarta, jointly organized by Microsoft and the local Microsoft Student Partners (MSP), brought together talents from local universities and Microsoft’s business partners.
Through this platform, students – especially those interested in technology careers – were given an opportunity to engage with business professionals. Attracting at least 60 attendees, the event began with presentations from the Microsoft business partners who talked about their companies, the area of business they were involved in and their specialized solutions. After the presentation, students had to sit for tests, designed by the MSP team and the business partners, to analyze their interests and possible career paths. Based on the results, the participating students were categorized into two different groups – system engineers and developers. The business partners approached these students based on their needs, with some offering the students job positions in their organizations.
The event proved to be highly successful, with both students and business partners benefitting from this meaningful exchange. Business partners discovered new talents that could contribute to their organization’s success, and students could also enrich their resumes and establish important relationships with the industry.
“The Student to Business Job Fair is a great platform for student talents to meet potential employers. It is a good opportunity for our partner companies to tap on fresh talents, and for students to get a better chance at employment,” said Julius Fenata, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Indonesia.
The S2B program is a Microsoft Community Initiative to connect Microsoft partners and students for entry-level and internship positions. A program first started in Italy in 2006, it has since taken place in more than 65 countries, equipping more than 300,000 students with new career skills and giving 15,000 students jobs and internships.
“The Student to Business Job Fair is a great platform for student talents to meet potential employers. It is a good opportunity for our partner companies to tap on fresh talents, and for students to get a better chance at employment.”
- Julius Fenata, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Indonesia
For more information, please visit http://s2b.micresearch.org/