It’s that time of year again—the Avnet Tech Games are almost here! Students nationwide are racing to sign up to compete in this year’s games and have the chance to win scholarship money and network with community business leaders. For me, the best part about being involved in the Avnet Tech Games is seeing how this event has impacted students’ lives and better prepared them for the workforce. One story in particular I wanted to share is about T.J. Wey, a recently hired employee at Avnet, and an Avnet Tech Games Alumni.
T.J. first enrolled in the Avnet Tech Games during her freshman year at Arizona State University through a club she joined called the Department of Information Systems Club (DISC). Two DISC officers introduced T.J. to the Avnet Tech Games and invited her to participate on their team her freshman year. T.J. ended up competing in the Avnet Tech Games all four years of college, and even received a scholarship her first year competing. T.J. went on to become an officer of DISC and actively promoted the Avnet Tech Games to her fellow club members.
Since graduating last year, T.J. has become a full-time Avnet employee working as an associate project manager for the IT department and has been traveling around the world in her new role. T.J. says having the Avnet Tech Games on her resume was definitely a plus when it came to interviewing for an internship and then eventually getting a permanent position. T.J. also uses a lot of the skills she picked up from the Avnet Tech Games in her current position. This year, the roles will be reversed and T.J. will be volunteering at the Avnet Tech Games and helping with the networking hour, where students and professionals have the chance to mingle.
It makes me proud to work for a company that is so involved within the community and invested in preparing the next generation to enter the workforce. I believe it speaks volumes of the Avnet Tech Games that students, like T.J., have come back to compete year-after-year.
For more information about the Avnet Tech Games, please visit: http://avnettechgames.com/.
Guest blog by Ruth Laviolette, HR manager
You don’t get many opportunities as a student to be face-to-face with business leaders, but on April 12, the Avnet Tech Games give students a chance to network with business leaders from Avnet and IT suppliers such as HP, EMC and Cisco. Avnet is the largest publicly traded company in Arizona with more than 18,000 employees globally. It’s also #117 on the Fortune 500 and for the past nine years, Avnet has hosted the Tech Games and awarded approximately $260,000 in scholarships to winning teams.
Here’s your opportunity:
The 9th Annual Avnet Tech Games takes place April 12, 2014 at The University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, Ariz. There’s still time to register for the Games and the public is invited to witness students applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations.
If you register, you’ll have an opportunity to network with business leaders and as an HR manager, I want to share some tips to help you prepare:
- Social Media: Google yourself and make sure that you don’t have any pictures or posts you don’t want your grandma/pa to see.
- Update your LinkedIn page to highlight your skills, experience, certifications and projects.
- Network: Your LinkedIn profile is updated (hint!), so you will be prepared to network all about yourself.
- Have an elevator pitch. What sets you apart from others? What do you want business leaders to remember about you? Research questions to ask.
- Follow up: You never know where a connection will take you in the present/future, so ask for a business card or to link in.
Make the most of this great opportunity to shine, set yourself apart and have fun!
At any given time, the Providence House in Cleveland, Ohio, provides emergency shelter services to 12 to 20 children who are dealing with a crisis situation. In the spirit of the holidays and giving, the Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM) team in Cleveland helped some of the current and future residents by donating $990 and three bags of new clothes to the Providence House.
According to Shari Welton, EM sales and marketing representative, Avnet was among the local businesses and families to donate to the Providence House. ”When we walked in the front door, we saw a floor filled with gifts and bags of donated items. It was nice to learn that Avnet’s holiday donations along with all the others will sustain the shelter’s needs for the upcoming year,” says Welton. “Even though it’s been a tough year for the economy, people have still been very generous. I’m proud that our team contributed to this organization’s worthy cause.”
On November 7, 2013, the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded hit the Philippines and devastated thousands of people. I, myself, found it very hard to watch the news and see the aftermath that Typhoon Haiyan left for the people of Southeast Asia. My first reaction to this devastating event was—how can I help?
Well, Avnet wasted no time and quickly began raising money for the disaster victims. To show their support, Avnet employees from around the world donated money via the Avnet Red Cross microsite. Avnet also made a commitment to match employee donations dollar for dollar, once employees collectively donated $10,000 or more. In the end, the total amount raised through employee donations was $10,505, triggering a $10,505 matching donation from Avnet. That made a grand total of $21,010 being donated to help all those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
It feels great to work for a company that truly cares and is dedicated to helping others, especially in the wake of such a terrible tragedy. So, a BIG thank you to all of those who were involved in this relief effort!
This week, Avnet celebrated the Global Solutions Center’s 5-year anniversary. In just 5 short years, this 228,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility has built and shipped more than 1.5 million custom computing and embedded systems for Avnet customers and partners!
The Avnet Global Solutions Center offers industry-leading IT capabilities and services such as hardware integration, software configuration, packaging and logistics and systems maintenance. This facility is also highly committed to several green initiatives and has kept 126 tons of electronic waste from entering landfills. This facility truly serves as a model for Avnet’s seven other technology integration facilities around the world.
I have toured the Global Solutions Center in Chandler, Ariz. several times since I came to work for Avnet. Every time I visit this facility, I am always amazed by the size of the warehouse and the state-of-the-art technology on display, such as the 3D displays and digital signage throughout the facility. If you have the opportunity to visit the Avnet Global Solutions Center, I highly suggest you do so!
To learn more about the Avnet Global Solution Center, check out this infographic: http://ow.ly/qkTbj
Read the press release here: http://avnet.me/05644