Collaborating Across the Industry to Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers
Goldman Sachs has partnered with Bank of America, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo to launch FinTech Focus, a three week college readiness boot camp focused on generating awareness on what a software engineering career can look like within the financial service industry.
The technical boot camp will take place this summer for ~80 students who just graduated high school and will enter college this fall. Each bank will host a cohort of ~16 students between July 15 – August 2, and Upperline Code will teach the computer science curriculum at our respective offices.
The focus of the program is on diverse high school graduates entering local tri-state universities. This partnership is intended to tackle a common challenge of increasing ethnically diverse representation of STEM students (in particular, computer science) in financial services. We believe that this hands-on experience and early exposure to software design will improve student preparedness for coding careers in financial services and increase STEM degree completion rates.
Global Head of Campus Recruiting, Vicki Tung and head of Engineering Campus Recruiting, Mallory Leib share more insight:
What drove the decision to partner on this initiative across banks?
Vicki: We recognize that the lack of awareness that potential recruits have on the engineering opportunities within financial services isn’t an issue that is specific to just Goldman Sachs. We always emphasize the importance of collaboration across our teams internally, so it’s great to set an example at the enterprise level on our approach to tackle an industry-wide issue. This partnership not only increases our reach but significantly expands our impact as we are able to pool from our collective resources inclusive of intellectual capital, access to our engineering veterans / innovators and more.
What can participants look forward to?
Mallory: Participants will walk away with the skills and knowledge to build and deploy their own full stack web application while gaining confidence in their new skillset. They will also have an expanded professional network across the industry that they can carry with them throughout their career. Another valuable takeaway will be the connections gained with their peers.