Take your children to work day
- Posted on June 30, 2015
This is a guest blog post written by Avanade alum, Kelli King.
Take Your Children to Work Day is a day in April recognized by the US, Canada and Australia where parents take their children into the workplace for the day in hopes of empowering kids to think about career options open to them. Avanade’s Seattle office, in partnership with Accenture, has been doing this event over four years.
This event is exciting for children because they get to see and understand more about what their parents do and encourages them to think about their future careers. We like to go a step further and incorporate a theme for the day. Each year we choose a different country to base education and activities around illustrating the cultural diversity. This year we chose the Philippines and over 60 kids between the ages of 6-12 attended. Many parents volunteered their time to make the event possible.
The day began with some reluctant goodbyes but the kids were quick to make new friends and experiment with the cutting edge technology scattered throughout the room, including the 3D printer demonstrations. Overviews of Avanade and Accenture were presented to the children and this year the Avanade overview was given by North America COO, Darren Hardman. Hardman had the kids on the edge of their seats and had them so excited that their parents worked for such a “cool” company…recruiting may want to thank him for the future generation of Avanade!
Next up the children were immersed in the culture of the Philippines with a presentation on all things representative of the country; they tried a Philippine snack called Lumpia, painted and learned about the Philippine flag, and they were treated to a special performance of the Philippines’ Tinikling Dance put on by members of the Events Committee. Children also went in front of the cameras and were asked what they thought the workplace of the future would look like and we got some amazing responses! And to top of the day, the kids and parents were treated to an ice cream bar!
As a member of the Events Committee, I have to say that this is one of my favorite events. While it is a great platform to open children’s minds to the possibilities of a career in technology, it allows us to teach about the diversity of the world and workplace. It’s also extremely rewarding to see the children learning, being inquisitive and just having fun with smiles from ear to ear…most with ice cream from ear to ear too!