Sunday, July 3rd, 2011
The Big Lift ICT Career Evening Comes to Muswellbrook

Sydney, 3 July 2011. A group of 40 university students and alumni from Sydney are visiting Muswellbrook, Narrabri and Warialda from 3 – 5 July to talk to local high school teachers and students about ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) career choices, university opportunities and job prospects.

The Big Lift Career Information Evenings are free events and are an excellent opportunity for High School staff to hear directly from young adults about the diversity of career paths, university study and how to get industry experience before committing to specific studies.

The Big Lift launched in 2010 and visited Dubbo, Gilgandra and Moree. This year the project includes students from University of Technology Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and University of Newcastle, however the sessions do not promote specific institutions.

Glenn O’Sullivan, Co-ordinator of The Big Lift, said: “Today, universities and other training institutions are extremely flexible for ICT students. They have far more choices in combining paths of study so they can follow the courses which interest them. Among other things, this can include industrial and international experience. There are also a range of financial assistance and scholarships available, particularly to students in regional areas.”

Sessions will be run by ICT graduates and current students from the Information Technology and Computer Engineering faculty. After a brief presentation, students and graduates will be available to discuss in depth.

John Ridge AM, Executive Director of the ACS Foundation, said: “There is a huge demand for ICT professionals and we need to be able to show motivated school leavers the broad spectrum of career opportunities available to them.

“Technology is woven into all aspects of our lives. Today, every business and all innovation stand on the shoulders of ICT. This demand can only be supported if we have a growing pool of qualified people across Australia,” he said.

There are great messages for school leavers, parents and teachers. ICT work is challenging, creative and fast paced. It covers everything from arresting climate change to entertainment. It’s lifestyle to mission critical. There are endless rural, urban and personal applications.

The profession has one of the most rapidly expanding career pathways available with great opportunities for promotion and high income. It offers tremendous flexibility to work from home, in an office, part-time or full-time.

ICT is this generation’s opportunity to see the world. And the opportunities in Australia will bring them home again. ICT qualifications and experience are recognised globally.

“The world needs teenagers with an aptitude for technology, who are turned on by innovation, to consider a career in the ICT profession,” John Ridge said.

The Big Lift Career Information Evenings are supported by the ACS Foundation as part of National ICT Careers Week. The Big Lift group will be touring regional centres in NSW and Queensland.

The Big Lift Career Information evenings are free events and will be held in Muswellbrook, Narrabri and Warialda.

Registration is required for sessions. Please register at http://biglift.org/talks or via email [email protected]


Contact: Glenn O’Sullivan on 0412 557 651 or [email protected]

He will be in the following locations:
Muswellbrook: Sunday 3rd July 2011 “PM” – Monday 4th July 2011 “AM”
Narrabri: Monday 4th July 2011 “PM” – Tuesday 5th July 2011 “AM”
Warialda: Tuesday 5th July 2011 “PM” – Wednesday 6th July 2011 “AM”
Stanthorpe: Wednesday 6th July 2011 “PM” – Thursday 7th July 2011 “AM”


National ICT Careers Week


The ICT: Start Here Go Anywhere careers awareness campaign aims to improve 14-19 year old students’ perceptions of ICT study and careers by highlighting the diversity of ICT courses and career opportunities.

National ICT Careers Week will be held in all states and territories from 25 to 31 July as an initiative of the ICT Industry Leadership Group, supported by the ACS Foundation, Australian Computer Society, ACDICT, and the Australian Information Industry Association.

Full details of participating organisations, and their proposed activities, are listed on the National ICT Careers Week web site www.ictcareersweek.info.

Individuals and companies can participate in the careers week by organising events, school and work visits, open days, competitions or other activities during the week.

Proudly hosted by the Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Industry Association, and supported by ACS Foundation and Australian Council of Deans of Information and Communications Technology.

Contacts

Glenn O'Sullivan, Co-ordinator: The Big Lift, Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0412 557 651

John Ridge AM, Executive Director, ACS Foundation, Email: [email protected] Mobile: 0407 913 992

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ICT, career, students, teachers, university

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