Florida Poly and Microsoft partner to help community succeed in turbulent job market

LAKELAND, Fla. – As COVID-19 continues to impact the job market, Florida Polytechnic University is partnering with tech giant Microsoft to provide students and job seekers the tools they’ll need to adapt and succeed in the current work environment. Microsoft Mondays at Florida Poly is a new series of professional development workshops to be offered this summer for the University community as well as for the general public.

The weekly series kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, with “Rock Your LinkedIn with Microsoft.” The workshops are free and open to everyone. They will be delivered through Microsoft Teams, which will allow participants to interact directly with the facilitator, ask questions, and collaborate. Those interested in attending should register in advance here or go to floridapoly.edu.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” said MiShara Bronson, community development specialist with Microsoft. “Partnering with Florida Polytechnic University supports our mission and allows us to connect with emerging leaders in the tech industry.”

Pairris Jones, associate director of career development at Florida Poly, said the virtual workshops will give students the tools they need to excel in their academic and professional careers.

“These professional development workshops not only help students understand the culture of Microsoft, but also adjust to the current COVID-19 situation in the work environment,” said Jones of the workshops, which are part of Career Opportunities Developing Evolutionary Success (CODES) preparation programming. “This will teach them how to stay focused on their career goals and create strategies to obtain them.”

Jones said she hopes alumni, prospective students, and other members of the community will also take advantage of the opportunity.

“I would like donors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to participate as well and see that Florida Poly is here, innovative, dynamic, and we’re making a difference,” she said.

Future sessions will include “Master Working from Home,” “Productivity Hacks with Office 365,” and “Start Your Own Business.” Jones said the workshops and other CODES programming will continue throughout the University’s period of remote instruction, as well as when on-campus activities resume.

“We are here to make sure students have outstanding opportunities for professional growth and our partnership with Microsoft is an excellent example of the resources we have available to our University community,” Jones said.

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