It’s cliche, we know, but it’s the time of year to count your blessings, and it’s always worthwhile to take a minute to give thanks. Here’s what we’re thankful for at EduSource this year:
At EduSource, we believe that diversity of thought leads to stronger problem solving. And diversity of thought often comes from diversity, plan and simple. For that reason, in recent years, we’ve been determined to increase gender diversity on our programming team. But it simply isn’t as easy as it should be. Two years ago, out of 60 applicants for our apprentice team NOT ONE ELIGIBLE STUDENT APPLICANT was a woman. Not one. That’s depressing.
The next year, we worked to change that. We invited a Woman in Engineering club to the office. We talked to professors. We hoped it would make a difference.
It did. Last year, we had a handful of good female candidates. Out of the seven new apprentices we hired for 2018, two were women. We were thrilled with that.
And we’ve been thrilled with their performance. Not only were these the first females apprentices we’ve had in a few years, these two were the first students we’d hired from their respective schools: Anderson University and DePauw University. Since we generally have more than one student from a school, these women overcame some obstacles when they came into the office not knowing anyone and being the lone female programmers on the development team. But let me tell you, they didn’t hesitate. They jumped right in, and they rocked the summer. They are still doing great work for us now from school.
One of them said the following to me in an email last week: “I will always love the message you guys send out to us young and afraid youngsters, and I really believe young women can benefit the most out of such an encouraging environment we get so little of regularly.”
This email MADE MY DAY. I was so thrilled to hear that this had been a positive experience, maybe especially so for our female apprentices.
Sadly, these two graduate this year, but we will continue to fight for gender diversity. This year we are thankful that we got a little closer making things right and benefited so much in the meantime.
At EduSource, we value people for several different reasons. But one that we’ve noticed this year especially: we value Figure-it-Out people. And boy do we have them.
A few of our team’s highlights from the past year:
This year, we’re thankful for our first EduSource sales TEAM! For the first time in EduSource history, we have a group of three that are working hard to find the businesses that need our help. And finding them they are.
One of the great things about being a local business – if you treat your clients right, your business grows by word of mouth. We’ve worked hard, and have grown both through both word-of-mouth and some great allies that refer us often. But prospecting brand-new clients has been a struggle for us. To take things to the next level, we needed to fix that.
That’s where this great team comes in. Not only are they attacking the Indy market ferociously, but they are passionate about helping our clients in the best way possible, and have already worked on streamlining our estimation process. It’s only going to get better from here. If you haven’t met them yet, they’d love to buy you a cup of coffee! Feel free to email them at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.