Female high schoolers targeted for ICT careers

Female students between Years 8 to 11 will be encouraged to pursue a career in the ICT industry through upcoming careers expo, Go Girl Go for IT.

Hosted at Deakin University by the Victorian ICT for Women network, the two day event brings together female role-models working in a wide variety of industries, including television, banking, medicine and multimedia. High profile female speakers, from organisations like Google and ANZ, will discuss how ICT careers for women are “viable, enjoyable and rewarding”.

The event will involve students attending nine interactive sessions each day, each of which will attempt to give insight into the range of career opportunities available. Additionally, students can explore an on-site careers exhibition.

Decreasing numbers of females studying ICT at a tertiary level suggests women don’t realise what avenues are available in the industry, a sentiment echoed by last year’s Victorian Go Girl expo, which had 70 per cent of female students indicating they would consider a career in ICT.

The gender struggle in the IT industry has been highly debated in the past, however, a number of females in the industry have confirmed the value of greater professional training to climb into higher roles, citing its benefits in a male dominated environment.

Victorian ICT Minister, John Lenders, said the timing for those considering a career in the ICT industry is ideal, specifically in Victoria, with the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout and its Network Operations Centre operating out of the state.

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