The Girls’ Day initiative is a great opportunity for young female students to gain insight into businesses and enterprises where women are a minority – so AvePoint as a software leader is THE place to be in Munich to learn about how women can be successful and make a difference in the IT industry.
AvePoint Deutschland chose to participate in Girls’ Day for the third time this year, inviting five girls (aged 12 to 17) to our Munich office. Country management, Technical Solutions Professionals (TSPs), Marketing, Partner Account Management (PAM), Sales, and AvePoint China each presented on what their daily work looks like, such as their tasks, challenges, career options and much more.
After introductions, Ernst Hutsteiner, Country Manager, DACH, Sweden and Benelux, started off the event with the AvePoint’s backstory and explained how AvePoint Deutschland is structured.
Michael Denzler, TSP Team Lead, explained a typical day in the life of a TSP (traveling and lots of customer interaction) and presented on SharePoint, technology, and TSP team integration with other departments.
Marta Blazquez, Marketing Manager, and I gave a presentation on the importance of Marketing in an IT company – such as how the Marketing department functions and fits within the company, the fields of activity (events, social media, communication, PR, Newsletters, customer engagements, and more), what countries are covered in EMEA and what we do every day to make AvePoint the leader in enterprise collaboration software solutions. The team also gave the girls some gifts: pens, note pads, and t-shirts!
After a pizza lunch, SMB Account Executives Vinzent Meyer and Marie Penot explained how the SMB department works, the reasons as to why SMB role is essential for the business, and how the SMB team is successful in what it does.
Partner Account Managers Dominik Graef and Steven Kugler, explained the role and tasks of PAM at AvePoint. They spoke to the girls about their careers at AvePoint and it really took the girls by surprise to learn that it is not essential to study “Computer Studies” to work in PAM or sales departments in an IT company. The girls were extremely encouraged by this!
In the afternoon, TSP Terry Bian explained how AvePoint China functions and how it integrates with the rest of the business units. He also spoke about his career and experiences with AvePoint, highlighting the main differences between AvePoint Deutschland and China. The girls were clearly intrigued and inundated Terry with questions!
The last ones (but not the least!) to present was the EPG team. Marc Hoffer and Florian Huber acted out a typical sales scene, in which Marc was the sales person and Florian was the customer. In this scenario, the girls acted as Florian’s advisers, asked questions alongside him and made decisions. Everyone involved found it extremely engaging and entertaining!
To sum up, the girls who attended and our AvePoint Munich team enjoyed the day immensely! It was a great success, and we are looking forward to participating in this initiative in the years to come!