Meet Ranjit and learn about his co-op journey at Softchoice

Softchoice’s co-op students are hired for their fresh ideas and wealth of knowledge they bring to our Softchoice teams.

Ranjit Singh wrapped up his third consecutive co-op term with Softchoice in Summer 2019. He now works part-time as a .NET Developer while completing his last semester at Sheridan College in the Software Development and Network Engineering Program.

Here’s an interview with Ranjit about his experience at Softchoice:

Tell us what you do at Softchoice.

I am a .Net Developer currently working on Keystone Ticket Dispatcher project that includes the use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) to predict ticket type, priority and department to whom we can assign the new ticket automatically.

As a member of core development team, I have to collaborate among different teams for requirement gathering. I work on a variety of projects that are based on different technology platforms.

Congratulations! You just completed your third and final co-op experience and have now been hired on part-time to the .Net Developer team. Any advice for a student about to experience their first co-op term?

If I had one piece of advice for a new co-op, it would be:

“Be authentic. Authenticity and transparency when working with your team will help you to bring creativity, commitment, and motivation to work.”

In addition to that, expressing your curiosity and desire to learn will make your co-op experience more fruitful and rewarding at Softchoice.

What excites you about coming to work every day? 

What excites me about coming to work every day is knowing that my team and manager have confidence in my abilities.  Along with this, the core Softchoice values are present with me at every phase of the coop. I also enjoy having the opportunity of being an advisor for new co-op students in their day-to-day work and introducing them to the company’s work culture!

At Softchoice, we strive to live by our values every day. In your role, how do you see these values come to life?

The key to my success at Softchoice has this value: “We take care of each other”.  I have experienced such positive team coordination, which ensures team members are pooling their talent, skill, and insight for mutual benefit and success of projects.

Everyone is always prepared and available to help one another. This is a true value that has come to life while working with Softchoice.

Thanks for the interview, Ranjit!

For more information on opportunities at Softchoice, visit our Careers Site or our LinkedIn page.

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Proud to be a 2019 Best Workplace for Giving Back

Softchoice is very proud to have been named to the Great Place to Work Institute’s first ever list of Best Workplaces for Giving Back. This list recognizes organizations with a strong employee commitment to giving back, and a robust range of programs that support positive change in their communities.

Taking care and giving back are engrained in the Softchoice culture. In 2004, a group of employees came together to raise funds in response to the Asian tsunamis. This was a galvanizing moment for Softchoice and led to the creation of our first ever employee-led Softchoice Cares Board. Over the past thirteen years, our community champions (we call them “Orange Ambassadors”) have been the driving force behind Softchoice’s volunteer and financial support for international development, disaster relief, digital literacy, and local, employee-driven volunteering.

We see a strong intersection between the business outcomes we drive for our customers and the social outcomes we support through giving back. Our customers play vital roles in society—some educate children, others power communities, and others provide life-saving medical treatment.

At Softchoice, we believe technology should generate economic opportunity and social benefit for all. By unleashing the potential of people and technology, we’re enabling our customers to operate more effectively, make their employees more productive, and serve their communities better.

The success we’ve had as an organization in enabling customer success rests entirely on every Softchoice employee’s individual and unique passion for making a difference. And I could not be prouder to see their dedication recognized. Building on our employees’ commitment to social change, we will continue to harness the full strength of our organizational resources and expertise to shape the future of work and opportunity, to create a stronger, more resilient charitable sector, and provide thousands of people the tools and means for a better life.

If you feel as passionately about achieving positive change and making a difference, come and join us! We’re always looking for passionate people to join our team. Check out our Careers page for a list of opportunities.

Powering up schools in need, one surprise at a time

Over the past six weeks, Softchoice employees, along with volunteers from Lenovo and VMware, have been visiting underserved schools across North America to surprise students with new classroom technology as part of our Power Up technology grant program. Power Up focuses on breaking down the barriers created by poverty by investing in schools serving low-income communities.

In 2016, our inaugural year, Power Up put technology in the hands of more than 3,000 students. This year, we welcomed another 4,000 students from 10 deserving schools to the Power Up family.

For children living in under-resourced communities, learning to use technology through a quality education is pivotal to breaking the cycle of poverty. Classroom technology fosters a love of learning, builds self-confidence, and develops the problem solving and collaboration skills critical to thrive in the careers of tomorrow.

Beginning in early February, our local teams connected with passionate educators to unveil stacks of laptops, Chromebooks and tablets for unsuspecting students. There were countdowns, dramatic reveals, cheers, high-fives, and spontaneous dance parties. In many schools, we stayed after the festivities concluded to mentor students on the new devices.

By partnering with teachers and administrators who have a strong plan for achieving positive student learning outcomes through technology, we are hopeful that each Power Up school will see improvements in core curriculum subjects (literacy, math, science), 21st-century skills (computer literacy and coding) as well as overall student learning engagement. We also plan to build long-lasting relationships with each school through ongoing school visits and mentoring.

Power Up grants are funded through Softchoice employee donations and program partners, Lenovo and VMware. For the full list of this year’s winning schools, click here. To learn more about Power Up, visit www.softchoice.com/powerup.