Durham Tech students FIT in at Cisco

On October 8, four Durham Tech students – Sara Wehust, Wendy Jones, Ann Roy, and Linda Johnson (from left to right) – attended You FIT@Cisco, an invitation-only event at Cisco’s RTP campus to promote Females in Technology (FIT). The day-long program highlighted careers and opportunities for women currently enrolled in computer science, software engineering, networking, data or business analytics, project management, or other technical fields at colleges and universities across North Carolina.

The four students participated in a campus tour, resume review, speed mentoring session, an inclusion and diversity presentation, as well as breakfast and lunch.

According to Roy, “You FIT@Cisco was fantastic. There were approximately 60 attendees from universities and colleges from ECU to UNC-Greensboro, as well as those in the Triangle. In the morning, we had several speakers, both men and women, who talked about their work at Cisco. They gave us a tour of their new state-of-the-art gym. We also experienced their conferencing system. It was as though people at the other site were in the room with us. It was amazing.

“After a nice lunch in the cafeteria, we broke into small groups and were able to talk to employees in more intimate sessions. We learned about the Employee Resource Groups such as Early Career or Women In Technology. These groups provide more focused information about Cisco and give employees a way to meet people they may not meet in their day-to-day world.”

Jones was also grateful for the opportunity: “The title of the invitation stated the event was to celebrate females in technology at Cisco. Just the title of the event excited me and gave me a great desire to attend. I’m majoring in network technology at Durham Tech, but have not been motivated about pursuing a job after graduation. After my day at Cisco, I learned that Cisco had a place for females like myself. One of the presentations made it very clear that age does not matter, what matters to Cisco is your skills and ability. As a result, I realized that I need to get as much as I can out of my training as I prepare myself for getting my CCNA certification. I will be ready for my internship in spring 2016, and I hope I’ll be one of the candidates chosen by Cisco.”

Wehust concurs, “Cisco was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Everything – from their amazing staff, speakers, and leaders, to their state-of-the-art facilities – was absolutely and unbelievably great! Cisco showed us so much and allowed us to ask questions and respond to the many topics we covered. I would feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing company.”