satis&fy Portland sets up summer camp program
Maika Janat, president of our Portland (PDX) branch, teamed up with marketing maven Gayle Ritt to design a three-month summer camp. The first seven participants have signed on for this year’s debut camp. “Everyone is welcome from high school kids 15 and up to college graduates, although we prefer the latter. An interest in the events industry is important. If you prove yourself, you will have an edge later when it comes to entry-level job postings,” says Maika. Gayle Ritt, who coordinated preparations, is looking forward to the task: “This time candidates will be involved in real projects and assume responsibility, for example at ‘experience 2.0,’ our open house for customers, suppliers, freelancers, friends and family. The number of summer campers will even be doubled while that’s going on!” Maika’s top priority is to show these prospects how to plan and stage events. The various departments, hands-on experience and workshops are also on the agenda. “This year’s campers are smart, motivated and eager to learn – which is exactly what we look for in prospective employees. I am confident that we will be able to inspire them to apply for entry-level jobs with us.” A job like this is already waiting for one of the candidates.