The issue of the declining number of students studying computer science in Australia needs an industry wide solution. Students form their perceptions of technology and their interest in future ICT careers at a very young age. Teachers are currently doing their best to deliver high quality classes however it is well recognised that connecting students to the industrial reality helps them to spark their interest in the application of ICT solutions.
Digital Careers was created as an effort to promote future careers that are enabled by digital technology skills, through running engaging activities for young students and supporting teacher development. Industry plays a large role in each of these.
- Volunteer at careers fairs: each year Digital Careers attends careers fairs across Australia. Students (normally aged 16-18) visit the Digital Careers stand to seek advice on future careers in ICT. Visit the Volunteer page to find more about current opportunities in your state.
- Judge at Young ICT Explorers: Each year SAP hosts the Young ICT Explorers challenge. In the challenge, students from year 3-12 create their best technology projects and present them to a panel of industry judges. SAP is looking for experienced industry representatives to attend the judging days (held in Queensland, NSW, ACT and Victoria) to give students feedback and determine winners in each age category. Visit www.youngictexplorers.net.au for more information.
- Speak at the BiG Day In: The BiG Day In is a series of one day conference designed for students (Years 9-12) interested in technology careers. The ACS Foundation is keen to engage industry volunteers around Australia interested in presenting to students and inspiring them to pursue careers in technology. For more information visit the ACS Foundation’s BiG Day In site.
- Internships: work experience and cadetships are powerful ways to give students insight into future careers in technology. If you are interested in supporting your local students Digital Careers is happy to spread the word to its network of engaged computer science teachers.
- Mentor a School: Digital Careers has collaborated with CSIRO’s successful ICT in Schools program to increase the level of industry engagement in our local school system. Mentors bring up-to-date industry knowledge into the classrooms – have you thought about assessing year 12 assignments, helping teachers with IT technicalities or hosting a Code Club at your local school? Register below.
- Financially support Digital Careers: Digital Careers is a consortia of university, government, association and industry interests. It operates in a partnership structure often working as the Corporate Social Responsibility channel for companies in the tech space concerned with future ICT skills in Australia. Contact Digital Careers to carry on the discussion
- I already have an Agreement with Digital Careers: Are you financially supporting Digital Careers? We have developed some key resources to support our agreement. These are items we believe will ensure that you and your staff have the appropriate framework to work with Digital Careers. These include our Clearance to work with Children Policy and the Appropriate Use of Logos Policy.