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Student career days at itslearning

At itslearning, we were happy to hold our 5th student career day last week. Career days gives students a chance to see how a company like ours works – and to put questions to our design and development team about itslearning, an IT system they use at school every day.

Last week, eight students from five different schools in the area took part in the career day. Most of the students are considering what to study when they move to upper secondary education. The career day was a chance for them to meet and speak to the professional geeks behind itslearning – to see what it’s like to work for a large IT company like itslearning and to find out what kind of education they need in order to work for a company like ours.

Learning from the students

We hold the career days once a term, and the structure is usually the same. After a tour of the offices and a chat with the geeks, we talk them through the design and development process, to give them an understanding of the amount of work and effort that goes into creating a system like itslearning.

We take the students out for pizza at lunchtime (which is usually the highlight of the visit!) and put them to work in the afternoon.

Our goal is to find out what they felt about school and how a learning platform fits into their idea of a good educational experience. Working on pen and paper, the students redesign a number of itslearning interfaces to show us exactly how they would like to see the interface and information presented.

There redesigns give us a better understanding of the workflows that are important to students – and the questions they ask give us a good idea of what it’s like to be in a class with a teacher who uses itslearning.

The big decisions in life

But the main purpose is to give the students a glimpse of how a company like ours works, so they are better able to choose the right study path now. We hope the students last week found it beneficial – and that some come to work for us when they have graduated.

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