Monday, June 3, 2019 | Evergreen High School at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure | by Gerald C.

Thank you very much for investing in the young ladies of Evergreen High School in Seattle, WA.

I am a retiring teacher (35 years of experience). This experience was so valuable and encouraging I found myself joyful and full of tears simultaneously. My young ladies do not get the opportunity to mix with professional women who are not educators. I found the women who participated in this event to be very giving and willing to share with and mentor my young ladies. They made each one feel valued whether or not they had an interest in technology careers or even if they had no idea what cloud infrastructure was. I spent most of the time walking between groups of mentors and students and was very impressed with their ability to draw out even my most reticent student. Their smiling faces and genuine interest in our students gave me hope for their future that I do not often experience in industry.

I interviewed three of our young women who attended the workshop. One a sophomore and two juniors. Here's what they had to say:

What was the most valuable experience you received during the field trip?

The panel:

Presenters shared that some of them did not even start out in technology, many of them came to it later in life. They were very honest and open with their experiences and volunteered to keep in touch with our young women after the event.

Mentoring:

The small group mentoring was incredibly valuable because students were able to have one on one and one on two mentoring and relationship building. Mentors answered questions and gave all young ladies the opportunity to interact and voice their opinions/concerns about the industry. The panel was very inviting and iterated how much our ladies were needed in the tech profession.

Give me your one sentence Takeaway. What are you going to remember most about this field trip?

You don’t need to be interested or know a lot about tech to consider working at Oracle.

You just need to believe in yourself and never give up! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or to ask for help.

 

Thank you to the fabulous hosts at Oracle for giving girls/non-binary students from Evergreen High School the opportunity to learn more about careers in the Tech industry!

 

 

After attending this event:

81%

of girls/non-binary students are more interested in STEM

60%

of girls/non-binary students want to investigate taking a STEM related course next semester

75%

of girls/non-binary students want to study harder to attend college and further their education

Here's what the students enjoyed most:

"When they were sharing their experience and how they handle their problems. I learned things can happen, and I just have to believe in myself that I can do it."

- 12th grade

 

"I enjoyed that they all shared parts of their story and how they've gotten so far with their careers and life."

- 9th grade

 

"Getting to know that everybody has a path whether it be straightforward or rocky, if you believe in yourself and put yourself out there you can learn more and become more successful."

- 10th grade

 

 

"I loved the small groups and the Panel. Hearing the ladies talk about themselves and how they ended here made me think that, 'that could be me'."

- 11th grade

 

"The panel because I got a good insight on what I wanted to do in the future."

- 11th grade

 

"[Learning about] different areas you can incorporate your passion."

- 11th grade

 

 

"Talking to women that work in tech was a highlight. I was inspired by their background stories."

- 10th grade

 

"Having a circle with MaryBeth and Lauren, talking about majors, colleges, scholarships and job interviews. Made me inspired by making myself more prepared to look forward to college."

- 10th grade

 

"The 'interview' we had with the mentor, and how I can do it."

- 9th grade

 

 

"Them speaking about their personal experience, struggles and how they overcame it."

- 10th grade

 

"Talking with Mary Beth and Lauren. Getting to know them and asking for advice is the best I can get from them because they give good advice, especially job advice."

- 11th grade

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