When opportunities for face-to-face meetings are as limited as they are this year, there is no choice but to move online. For example, in the form of ŠKODA CON – a virtual conference for students that attracted young talent to the Czech carmaker this spring.
You just have to get used to the fact that everything takes place in the virtual environment and that the recruiters are now avatars. In the online environment, there are dozens of such avatars - some belonging to employees showcasing their specialisation - roaming the meadows and forests beneath the mountains. Other avatars are students interested in learning what they can expect from a job or talent programme at ŠKODA.
Groups of avatars stand by screens showing lectures and other information about projects in Production and Logistics, Technical Development, IT or Sales and Marketing. Here and there, figures chat, wave to each other or perform some kind of trick - from a hip-hop dance to an air kiss. Alternatively, they head to the yellow circle that symbolises a video chat space where everyone can reveal their real face. An avatar of the relevant ŠKODA expert waits at each section to answer questions.
“We already organised ŠKODA CON for universities last autumn, but the environment had far fewer stations then. There were eight lectures, but this March there are now fifteen,” says Tereza Kozáková, who is responsible for events for schools at ŠKODA AUTO. At ŠKODA CON, she chose an avatar in the form of a DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) agent who waited at the Trainee Programme booth, enticing passers-by to learn more about the graduate programme.
ŠKODA CON in March at least partially replaced the career fairs and conferences that the pandemic made impossible and was attended by 583 students, staff members and lecturers. The April episode was devoted to secondary school students. The virtual world of ŠKODA CON was created on the Confer-o-Matic platform, which offered an online 3D experience from the comfort of home.