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Best practice in collaboration: IT meets Soccer

Cisco Academy IT-Bildungsnetz e.V. and the supporters clubs of VfL Bochum and BVB Dortmund invite pupils in soccer stadiums to learn at the place of their premier league heroes

10th of June 2014: lightning and storm. Bochum and Dortmund were hard to reach since their traffic infrastructure was affected quite drastically. This did not deter our young participants, who registered for the unique IT and soccer combination. They did not fail to appear for our eSkills Soccer Camp 2014 in Bochum and Dortmund the next day. Over 80 teenagers participated in the IT Soccer Camps, although the state government released a compulsory school attendance note for these days due to security reasons.

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Was it a good idea to join the camp in their free time?

The combination of our program – learning about IT and sports combined with information about the soccer club and the stadium attracted the teenagers. They each completed three IT courses while using web tools for collaboration they had never seen before. Team work and collaboration were the topics in the sport sessions, too. The day ended with a tour through the places that would normally be filled with soccer stars: the soccer stadiums of VfL Bochum and premier league second best club Borussia Dortmund.

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The objectives of the IT Soccer Camp are in line with the eSkills campaign from BITKOM and the EU Commission:
Showcase the opportunities of IT careers to young people entering into their vocational careers.
eSkills are necessary in all future career.

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This was a new experience: Working side by side with the Pros

Guest Author: Sophie Bauditz

Internship @Cisco – An e-Skills for jobs 2014 Action

We are 11 pupils from two secondary schools in Berlin: the French Gymnasium and the Berlin Metropolitan School. For two weeks we went on an exploration journey into the internet technology. Everybody in our group is using apps every day, is downloading videos and listening to streamed music. During our internship at the global network company Cisco we learned which technology is behind all that.

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Many Cisco employees spent a lot of time with us telling their personal professional story or sharing technical insides about the network technology with us. We continued understanding the technical infrastructure by using courses from the Networking Academy learning platform. We even had the chance to speak with real customers and to participate in the development of marketing material. This was a new experience: Working side by side with the pros. It was surprising how many different functions such an IT company has to offer: Sales, Marketing, corporate social responsibility and of course system engineering. A global IT company is not a place for techies only. But using all communication and collaboration solutions is essential.

Fascinating for me were the perspectives on the Internet of Everything – or IoE as they say and the non-profit partnership with schools and universities: the Cisco Networking Academy. We have learnt and experienced a lot in only two weeks. Our host during the internship, Carsten Johnson, has discussed with us career opportunities in the IT sector and we know now that there is a skills gap. Or in my perspective: Empty seats to fill in the IT industry. An IT-company as an employer? Sure one of the most thrilling options.

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As an intern I had the chance to make this great experience. E-Skills for Jobs is a good initiative to support young people like myself. Further IT-companies should participate.

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