At the headquarters in DUMBO, students had the opportunity to seek career advice from Etsy employees.
“The pitch was my favorite because we got to create ideas as if we were proposing to real people to have our idea created,” says 15-year-old Cartomu, High School of Fashion Industries.
At the career panel, students were able to ask questions about getting a job in tech, internship opportunities within Etsy, college majors and classes, and more.
“The field trip in all was amazing. The building was beautiful and we got intel on Etsy’s workplace,” says 15-year-old Lucy, High School of Fashion Industries. “The competition and panel were really big eye openers to what is appealing to a business in our time. Having the panel gave us intel on our own futures and the idea that success isn’t one straight path, but rather a bunch of obstacles. The competition was my favorite part since we really threw our pitches out there and created an elevator pitch.”
Bonnie Broeren, senior manager of policy at Etsy and the co-lead of the Parents Employee Resource Group (ERG), helped plan the day’s events. As co-lead of the Parents ERG, Broeren also coordinates events for parents looking to get re-acclimated into the workplace after having a child or parents that just need a little guidance.
“Our goal is to support working parents not only at Etsy but in the rest of the community,” says Broeren. “We have speakers that help parents navigate the NYC school system, help navigate their finances, and general moral support for parents who are asking ‘what do I do in this scenario?’”