One of the benefits of becoming a DB2 Student Ambassador is that you can showcase your skills and network with different IBM employees. This was the case of Nuno Job, a DB2 Student Ambassador from the University of Minho, Portugal. Nuno became a DB2 Student ambassador after attending a DB2 on Campus presentation at his university, and delivered by one of my colleagues (Vitor Rodrigues). After volunteering to work on several tasks (one of them was the development of some Industry bundle demos, and working on the DB2 on Campus community web site), he impressed several IBMers with his skills and hard work. This is how he got his one-year internship at IBM in New York which will start this October. Congratulations Nuno!
Another example is the one from Caroline Beatriz Perlin, a student from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in Sao Carlos, Brazil. Caroline volunteered in many DB2 on Campus related tasks organizing DB2 certification events and getting certified herself on DB2. She also worked voluntarily at the Center of Training in Databases at her university where she studied DB2 in detail with other classmates; and helped translate the Getting Started with DB2 Express-C book from English to Portuguese. This is how she networked with Hiro, an IBM Brazil employee and UFSCar alumni, and through this relationship, she joined IBM Brazil, first as an intern, and now full-time as a DB2 DBA!
Then we have the example of Sara Perez, a student at UNITEC in Mexico City. Sara was a DB2 Student Ambassador in 2007 and was the president of the DB2 User Group at her university. Thanks to her initiatives, several of her classmates including herself became certified on DB2 as "Database Associates". After graduating, Sara "passed the torch" to her classmate Lourdes Fragoso, who became the new president of the group, and who continued pushing even further to obtain the DB2 DBA certification. Even though Sara was no longer a student, she kept in touch with the group, and prepared with them for the DB2 DBA exam which she successfully passed with Lourdes. Now Sara is working as a contractor at IBM through an IBM business partner. Congratulations Sara!
Lastly...before this blog entry gets too long, we have the "case" of Felix Mahimai, a Master's student at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy. Felix became a DB2 Student Ambassador after one of my visits at his school in 2007. As a DB2 Student Ambassador, Felix has been in constant contact with a manager at IBM Italy (Carla) who organizes the Italian DB2 on Campus visits. He is working now on translating the Getting started with DB2 Express-C book to Italian, and trying to continue the work that Nuno started with the community DB2 on Campus portal at www.db2oncampus.org (Ruby on Rails application). Recently Felix was selected to join IBM Italy on a 3-month internship position!.
Becoming a DB2 Student Ambassador is not a guarantee for a job at IBM or any other company, but if you have the willingness and put the effort, it can allow you to become "visible" to different employers, and open you the doors to the career you want... So don't be shy and participate! You can read more about this program at the community DB2 on Campus portal: http://www.db2oncampus.org/ including other student testimonials.