At the end of February 2020, after weeks of planning and coordination, DealerSocket and Trilogy Education partnered together on a successful panel interview and networking event for job seekers. DealerSocket, a leading provider of software solutions for car dealerships around the world, hosted students at one of their largest regional offices in Draper, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The panel was also made available to students outside of Utah via a live webinar.
The purpose of the event was to expose students from Trilogy-powered boot camps to how DealerSocket is transforming the automotive sales industry and understand how the company approaches the processes of both hiring and software development. Panelists included senior engineering managers, junior-level engineers, and a recruiter.
Speakers shared industry insights on a wide range of topics, including the importance of soft skills on their technical teams, challenges facing the automotive industry, and the core values at DealerSocket. One of the company’s core tenets, “Always Be Learning,” resonated with boot camp learners who enrolled in their respective programs to gain new skills and potentially pivot into a new career.
The panel culminated with a Q&A session during which participants asked questions of the engineering and talent acquisition speakers. As the event came to a close, students exchanged contact information and LinkedIn profiles with industry professionals, heeding the panelists’ advice on the value of networking and forming new connections in tech.
Mike Hamling, Manager of Software Engineering, who first proposed this event, shared, “It was a pleasure for us at DealerSocket. We love seeing the new students eager to get into the industry.”
Graduates of the boot camps also had a positive experience. One commented that the event “answered a lot of questions” and “lifted a lot of tensions,” and another appreciated that the event enabled “tech boot camp students to accelerate their learning beyond the classroom and feel more confident going into the job search.”
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