Sydney: 18 October 2013: The ACS Foundation is on a winning formula with its BiG Day In student career conferences successfully attracting Australia’s best and brightest young men and women into the ICT sector.
Five Big Day In (BDI) conferences were held around the country in recent months, attracting 1700 students to the opportunities of an ICT career – up from the 200 who attended the introductory event at UTS last year. There were waiting lists for tickets to four of the five events and, very encouragingly, more than 40 per cent of the students attending were female, and at one event, 50 per cent.
John Ridge AM, Executive Director of the ACS Foundation, said: “The feedback from students, teachers and all participating organisations has been phenomenally positive. In response, the ACS Foundation is looking to host ten BDIs across Australia in 2014, including an increased regional focus.”
The BDI concept was designed by students for students as a high quality/low cost (to participants and exhibitors) event to not only provide school leavers with quality information about careers in ICT and technology but to connect them directly with some of Australia’s largest technology employers. They are invited to explore technology in action and discover student programs that will springboard them into internships and, crucially, future careers.
The commitment of the ICT sector’s business community to these events clearly indicates how important it is to be able to reach out to young people as early as possible to present the benefits of an ICT career. Speakers volunteered their time from organisations such as: Google, Deloitte, CBA, IBM, WiseTech Global, Ninemsn, IT Genius, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, Westpac, Spacecubed, Bankwest, PWC, NEC, Zetta Group, Telstra, NAB, Ferocia, NIB, Greater Building Society, Hunter Water, GWG Partners, Blink Mobile, More Business Online, RDA Hunter and Sticky Media.
John Debrincat, Chairman of the ACS Foundation, said “ICT now supports every type and level of business. Experience in ICT is important in every profession but keeping up with technology becomes a continual process that can challenge everyone.”
This year’s program included presentations on subjects such as: ‘How to Use Uni to Your Best Advantage’; ‘IT is You’; ‘How to Get Ahead In Your Career’; ‘Gamification’; and ‘Social Media’, as well as real life experiences from current interns and recent graduates.
In the breaks, students visited exhibitor stalls to discuss internships, scholarships, what to study and to learn more about where a career in IT can take them. Exhibitors included Cisco, IBM, CBA, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Dataweave, WiseTech Global, EMC, Telstra, HP, KPMG, Revolution IT, Greater Building Society, iVEC, NEC, PWC, Woodside Energy, Microsoft, Bankwest, City of Joondalup, Hunter Water, RDA Hunter, NIB, Sticky Media, GWG Partners, and Hunter Councils, and universities such as UTS, University of Sydney, University of NSW, RMIT, Victoria University, Monash University, La Trobe University, Swinburne University, Edith Cowan University, University of WA, Curtin University, Murdoch University and University of Newcastle.
Ridge said: “Many exhibitors were surprised by and commented on the extent of the interest shown by the young men and women to talk about careers in ICT. As one academic observed at the Melbourne BDI – ‘I haven’t seen this level of enthusiasm for more than a decade’.
“The BDI concept proves that if you deliver the information in a way that is relevant to potential professionals, you’ll draw them into your field. Our experience and that of Group X in Queensland shows that interest in pursuing ICT courses can be made stronger than ever.”
About The ACS Foundation (www.acsfoundation.com.au)
The ACS Foundation was established in August 2001 to encourage both private and public sponsorship of IT higher education and research. By increasing funding opportunities for industry to contribute to education programs, the Foundation seeks to create a highly skilled workforce, able to effectively access research and industry-specific training. Since its establishment, the ACS Foundation has raised more than $50 million and has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships.
The prime scholarship facilitator focused exclusively on the ICT industry, the ACS Foundation receives funding from ICT companies, industry associations, Government bodies, individuals and the ACS itself. An ATO-designated Deductible Gift Recipient, the ACS Foundation provides tax effective programs for industry and private donors.
For more information about this topic, please contact John Ridge by calling (02) 8296 4445 or email at [email protected]
The ACS Foundation (http://www.acsfoundation.com.au) was established in August 2001 to encourage both private and public sponsorship of ICT education and research projects, for the benefit of the professionals working in ICT, and ultimately the industry itself. By increasing the funding opportunities for contributions to education programs, the ACS Foundation seeks to create a highly skilled workforce, and more ability to effectively access research and industry-specific training. The only national scholarship facilitator focused exclusively on supporting the ICT industry, the ACS Foundation receives funding from ICT & non-ICT companies, industry associations, government bodies, individuals and the ACS itself. Since its launch, it has raised over $23.5 million and awarded over 1,650 scholarships
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