Bjørn Wittenberg is a Global Program Manager on our Autodesk Educational Experience team. Recently he shared some information about our student advocacy program. As happy as I am that Autodesk's vision is to help people imagine, design, and make a better world, I am also happy that Autodesk has customers who buy our software to keep us employed. The student advocacy program helps achieve both — assists students of today in furthering their educations and cultivates paying customers of tomorrow.
The Autodesk Student Advocacy program empowers the next generation to build skills and earn recognition to better prepare them for future careers while leveraging their peer influencers to drive awareness, deepen engagement, and offer scale to Autodesk.
— Bjørn Wittenberg
The program features various increasing levels of mastery and involvement. Students participate in defined activities on campus and pass certification to reach the next level:
The Autodesk Student Expert Network provides access to learning materials and activities, including special benefits like kits, membership icons, and free certification vouchers, all within a global community of students who are passionate about design:
As students progress, they improve their technical mastery as well as develop leadership and collaboration skills. These are exactly the kinds of attributes that employers are seeking when hiring school graduates. Students feel confident in their abilities and employers do too.
The students leverage a variety of social media platforms:
The program has been growing in size since its inception:
Thanks, Bjørn. With apologies to Steppenwolf, you were truly "Bjørn to be wild."
If you're a student who would like to get involved, check out:
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). This is true for customers today and customers tomorrow as these student expert alumni help us realize the Autodesk vision.
Education is alive in the lab.