Young girls encouraged to consider career in IT

EXCITED: Corinella House Captain Mac Jenkin and School Captain Maddisyn Tsaptsalis with the rest of the Grade 6 girls from Daylesford Primary School. Photo: Dylan Burns
EXCITED: Corinella House Captain Mac Jenkin and School Captain Maddisyn Tsaptsalis with the rest of the Grade 6 girls from Daylesford Primary School. Photo: Dylan Burns

This August, girls from all over Victoria, including 23 from Daylesford Primary School, will attend an event which aims to close the gender gap in the Information Technology industry.

Over 2000 girls from 73 different Victorian schools will attend the event which aspires to inspire girls to consider a career in the IT industry. 

Students attending Go Girl, Go For IT will participate in workshops, get their hands on the coolest gadgets, be exposed to possible careers in technology and hear from inspiring speakers.

Since 1996, IT jobs have experienced 70 per cent job growth. However, only one in four Australian IT graduates are female, while women account for only 16 per cent of IT roles in Australia. 

The excursion has been organised by teacher Alex Parsons. 

"We are hoping (the girls) get to learn about some of the interesting uses of technology, experience some new things and have a lot of fun!

“We are also hoping the girls get a glimpse of some of the possible pathways available to them as they begin to think about their futures."

Program director of Go Girl, Go For IT, Fi Slaven, said with the demand for digital skills on the rise, it was important to encourage young females into IT careers.

“We want to plant the seed of possibility at an early age and show them all the amazing possibilities a career in tech can open up for them… The idea that ‘tech is for boys’ is quite ingrained, and that happens at an early age – in order for us to really start closing the gender gap in IT we need to address this mindset at the primary school level.”