Patronage was initially a local bottom-up initiative (started in 2007 in BLStream in Szczecin). The original cause of its initiation was the desire of our employees to deliver more practical knowledge to students and graduates in a new form, and on the other hand, the need for companies to build the employer image in this target group.
It was a response to the following factors:
1. Graduates were not prepared to enter the job market
A situation of young people entering the job market was not easy. There were few people who cared enough to help them. Parents usually were too busy with their work and had no idea how the contemporary job market looked like. Teachers were used to old schemes and systems that did not respond to market needs. Additionally, university teaching standards were not high and it was easy to graduate without deep knowledge of their own specialization and having little understanding of the business around.
2. Szczecin was the city not prepared for IT business
It was the city from which many great talents left every year to look for perspectives somewhere else. After transformation in the 90’s business remained very weak and there were just a few respectable companies to work
for. And again, very few people did care to build up their business locally.