In recognition of National Volunteer Week, ITWorks is spotlighting one of our amazing volunteers each day this week. Our volunteers are such an asset to our program and make a huge impact on our students. ITWorks would not be the same without them!
Please meet Jenn Curran, a Recruiting Lead at Accenture Federal Services, and a long-term awesome volunteer. Jenn has been involved with ITWorks for several years by helping manage internship opportunities at Accenture, coordinating volunteers for the many Friday Sessions focused on soft skills development, and encouraging Accenture employees to mentor ITWorks students.
How did you first learn about the ITWorks program? What compelled you to get involved as a volunteer?
Our company is very involved in the community and offers opportunities for their employees to advocate and get involved in various causes. After reviewing a communication that came out about the program, I felt compelled to help the students by sharing my own experiences. The soft skills sessions are most impacted when we as volunteers can bring real life examples into the classroom.
You volunteer in a variety of capacities – do you have a favorite way to get involved?
Mock interviews is one of my favorite sessions of the program. It’s rewarding to help the students prepare for interviews for the internships, and is really key to helping them prepare for facing the job market.
Describe one experience with a student(s) that stands out as being particularly impactful for the student(s), yourself, or both.
Over the course of my involvement over the past 5 years, I continue to be inspired. Each day when I’m on LinkedIn I see updates from graduates of the program who have gotten new jobs promotions etc and it’s a reminder of just what an impact this program has on the students and myself. I grow and learn from each class that I interact with every student and every volunteer bring a different perspective to the sessions and we all walk away learning something new.
What do you think the benefit is for volunteers who get involved with ITWorks?
To me I find it so rewarding. I don’t think people realize just how much they can give by sharing their own experiences until they walk into the classroom and meet the students. Every new volunteer I get always leaves the sessions excited about the students and the program and really feeling like they were able to make an impact. As mentioned, I too learn something from the students in every class as well. It’s truly a group experience.
Do you have any insight for organizations or individuals who are considering a volunteer opportunity with ITWorks?
I believe it is important to give back to the community. As employees/organizations we have a great deal of experience and knowledge that we can pass along. Whether its hosting a Friday session, becoming a mentor, participating in the internship program or making a donation this program has a number of ways you can get involved.
Our volunteers are such an asset to our programs and make a huge impact on our students. Tech Impact would not be the same without them!
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