Tech Connect Program Targets
Non-Traditional Technology Talent
Graduate technology program aims to boost talent pipeline and tackle profession’s long-standing gender imbalance.
In an age where technology is advancing at the speed of light, the need for tech-savvy graduates is growing just as fast. Companies everywhere are striving to create innovative products and applications but this can't happen without top talent.
“Technology has always been a disruptor, and we’re seeing that happen at the fastest pace ever. We need to not only keep up with that pace, but be ahead of it,” said Lori Beer, Global Chief Information Officer. “We’re leveraging new channels to bring in diverse talent, with programs like Tech Connect that are dedicated to attracting the next generation of software engineers.”
Tech Connect is a multi-week program that kick starts recent college graduates’ careers in technology here at JPMorgan Chase. We recruit students whose studies focused on non-technology areas, such as math and life sciences and provide basic programming training, career development, mentoring and networking opportunities.
"A diverse technology workforce drives our innovation. The challenge was that we weren’t seeing enough diversity coming into the tech space."Ali Marano, Head of Technology for Social Good, Diversity & Inclusion
Marano highlighted the important role diversity plays in innovation and how Tech Connect is helping to bring more diversity of thought and perspective to the company while also addressing the gender gap. "Less than 20% of the people studying computer science today are women, and even fewer are Black and Hispanic. We knew that we had to do more if we really wanted to level the playing field of women, Blacks, and Hispanics."
Kenyetta Jeter, a Software Engineer in the firm’s Commercial Banking division, said the program has provided a unique experience by encouraging participants to gain lifelong skills as well, specifically, "teaching us about the need to define ourselves broadly, embrace constant change, and build meaningful relationships in the workplace…Tech Connect provided us with a valuable network of dedicated mentors who welcomed us into the firm. Together, we have been able to collectively acknowledge the gender gap in technology, and have an open dialogue about diversity of thought," she said.
In its fourth year, Tech Connect’s 2018 class will be comprised of 60 participants from Argentina, the United Kingdom and the United States. Upon completion of Tech Connect, participants transition into Software Engineer Program as software engineers at the conclusion of training.