careerexpo2Do you work in the IT industry? Are you passionate about your job? Would you like to inspire school students to study Information Technologies and consider IT as a career? We need your help!

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”.

careersexpo Careers Expos

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.

 schoolvisitsSchool visits

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.

Possible topics to cover in your presentation or when talking to students at the careers expo

– 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?

 

Current opportunities
 
 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: katya.kamlovskaya@nicta.com.au

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.dooley@nicta.com.au if you are interested in volunteering a few hours of your time!

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