IBM Power Systems Academic Initiative

What is Young i Professionals (YiPs)?

The YIPs group was formed to give people who are new to the IBM i platform a way to connect and engage with one another. Our mission is to help students and new IBM i professionals navigate their way through the formative years in their careers by providing advocacy, community, and education.

YiPs Virtual Happy Hours

These are networking events where the YiPs gather on Zoom and discuss ways to grow in your career and navigate the workplace. They take place the first Wednesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. CT. Students can register here.

  • February 3: The YiPs will discuss strategies for communicating with your team and the variety of personality types you'll encounter in the workplace.
  • March 3: Guest speakers and YiPs will discuss when and how to negotiate a salary.
Student Workshop

The YiPs are also in the beginning phases of planning a student-focused workshop that would focus on preparing to enter the workforce and what to expect in the first 5 years of a career. The idea is to set up the students with some extra tools for a successful entry into the field of IT as well as give them an opportunity to engage and ask questions of established peers and IT managers. Further information and dates for this event are pending, but I wanted to let you know it is on the horizon.

Thank you so much for your interest in this group and your willingness to help spread the word on these student-friendly events!