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Let’s Look Beyond for the Next Generation of AV Professionals

Graduation season is upon us. High school students are embarking on the next stages of their life. College students gaining their degree are looking ahead to careers to put their long years of study to work.
My thanks to a good friend who passed along an experience he had with FBLA-PBL. It was an event in which his son placed in the top ten in cyber security.
The FBLA-PBL focuses on STEM careers and introducing students to the possibilities in the various fields. What’s more is the focus on networking, programming, and visual simulation.
Let’s take a minute to think about this program and what it could mean for the audiovisual industry. First is the networking. We have long talked about the move to the network for AV systems. Giving high school and college-aged students the opportunity to apply their networking skills to an exciting career field. What better field than putting stadiums online, casinos, and concert venues? Audiovisual is a great field.
Programming AV systems have historically been the arena of proprietary programming systems. There are moves toward using standard computer languages; Python, C Sharp, and others. Bringing students who are already interested in programming into the AV fold benefits both the student and the industry. It provides the student an excellent, exciting industry. They can program Fortune 500 companies’ buildings, luxury homes, and university lecture halls. IT gives the AV industry a new look at our existing programming standards and best practices.
Looking beyond our standard recruiting field to other organizations, such as FBLA-PBL, will help our industry stay current and fresh. It gives us a fresh perspective by introducing a new group of young people who have a different take on programming, networking, and other parts of the industry. By looking beyond ourselves, and our standard recruiting outposts, we can infuse youth and exciting and keep our AV industry going.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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