Thinking outside the box by looking outside the industry.
When considering ways to bring more diverse candidates to Adobe, we wondered about capable people who work in different fields but have an interest in technology. What if they just needed support getting into the tech industry — and what if Adobe could provide that support?
We knew that a technology career could change the life of someone coming from a field that offers fewer opportunities. And because we’d be targeting career switchers from diverse backgrounds, our engineering teams could benefit from a wealth of new perspectives.
Providing education, support, and opportunity.
The Adobe Digital Academy awards promising candidates with scholarships to attend an intensive three-month web development boot camp at General Assembly in San Francisco, Lehi, Austin or New York City. Each scholarship includes tuition as well as a living stipend so students don’t have to hold down another job while attending the boot camp.
Once they complete the boot camp, qualified students can interview for technical internships at Adobe. To help ensure our interns’ success, we focus the program on growth mindset and provide them with ongoing feedback and a supportive community. Each intern also works with three mentors: one from the technical team, one from an Adobe employee network with which the intern identifies, and one Digital Academy program graduate. Ultimately, many of our interns go on to pursue full-time software engineering positions at Adobe.