The purpose of the Digital Careers initiative is to change the perception of the IT industry as a career option among school students and their parents. Currently, only few parents would encourage their students to study IT because of the negative image of the industry (“limited career opportunities”, “not creative”, “not for girls”, “does not require to communicate with other people”). Many students do not have a clear understanding of the variety of jobs in IT while their career choice is often influenced by a number of stereotypes about the industry. At the same time, most students would like to pursue a career that could help them “make a difference”.
Digital Careers volunteers come from various backgrounds: they are IT professionals, software engineers, computer scientists, web designers, PhD students, they work for the government, start-ups and large technology companies. At career expos and other similar events, we set up a booth with booklets and other resources to help students and their parents navigate the world of IT careers. As a volunteer, you are asked to share your personal experience in the industry to help alleviate the misperceptions and encourage students to consider a career in IT.
During school visits, we ask the volunteer to make a short presentation (10-15 minutes, + Q&A). You are most welcome to use visual aids (PowerPoint presentation or videos) or simply give a brief informal talk. If you have any questions about your participation please let us know and we will be happy to help you prepare for the visit.
– How did you begin your career in technologies?
– What subjects did you study at school?
– Did you have any role models?
– What do you do at work? What projects are you working on?
– Is your job creative? Does it help you make the world better?
– Why, in your opinion, is it worth studying IT?
Canberra Careers Expo – Digital Careers booth
When: 29 July 2015 (Wednesday), 9.30am – 2.30pm & 4:30-7pm, & 30 July 2015 (Thursday) 9:30am – 2:30pm (flexible shifts, depending on your availability).
Where: Canberra Careers Expo, Exhibition Park, Mitchell
Help us provide attending students, teachers, parents and career advisors with the relevant and up-to-date information about careers in IT and share your personal experience to inspire students study technologies!
Science in ACTion (National Science Week) – Digital Careers booth
When: 14 August 2015 (Friday), 9am – 3.30pm & 15 August 2015 (Saturday) 9am – 3:30pm (flexible shifts, depending on your availability).
Where: Old Bus Depot, Kingston
The Former Transport Depot in Kingston will come alive with interactive displays and activities from premier STEM organisations in the ACT and surrounds. The attendees will get a chance to meet researchers who are at the cutting edge, and find out about potential careers and see how STEM can be used by different organisations and its application to everyday life. Help Digital Careers provide attending students, teachers, parents and career advisors with the relevant and up-to-date information about careers in IT and share your personal experience to inspire students study technologies!
If you are interested in volunteering at any of these events please contact Katya: email@example.com
- HSC & Careers Expo 2015 – 28–31 May http://www.hscandcareers.com.au
- Western Sydney Careers Expo – 19–21 June http://www.westernsydneycareerexpo.com.au
- Shoalhaven Careers Expo – 17 July http://shoalhaven.uow.edu.au/careersexpo/index.html
- YICTE NSW – 15 August
For more information and to register please contact John Westgarth, Digital Careers NSW & ACT State Manager (John.Westgarth@nicta.com.au).
For more information about current volunteer opportunities in Queensland and register please click here.
Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo – Digital Careers booth
When: Sunday 14 June 10am – 4pm and Monday 15 June 9:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre
Help us to provide attending students, teachers, parents and career advisors with relevant and up-to-date information about a careers in the ICT industry and share your personal experience to inspire students.
Contact Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time!
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