22 November 2012
With information and communications technology (ICT) playing an ever-increasing part in our lives, over 65 students from secondary schools across the region have been given a glimpse of what their future careers might look like during the Upload Your Future expo at Monash University’s Gippsland campus.
Held as part of the National ICT Careers Week, the Upload Your Future expo aims to highlight the range of career opportunities available in the information and communications technology sector, and help address the declining numbers of young people studying ICT at TAFE and university.
Organised by Monash University’s Gippsland School of Information Technology, and bringing together secondary schools from the Baw Baw, Latrobe and Wellington shires, the Upload Your Future expo was an important part of providing students with insight to the potential offered by a career in ICT, said Monash University spokesperson, Tina Bradshaw.
“Despite the role of information technology in our daily lives – and the likelihood of this becoming even more so in the future – many Gippsland students are unaware of the options offered by a career in ICT.
“Whether traditional roles like computer programming or systems development, or emerging areas such as game design and social media, the career possibilities in ICT are endless.”
Throughout the day, students participated in workshops facilitated by local and Melbourne-based industry experts, including a demonstration by Warragul-based dairy equipment developer, Eli Innovations, showing how the age-old practice of dairy farming was using cutting-edge technology.
In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into designing the latest Xbox games from games developer, Wonderworld Games, students were given a preview of how bioinformatics would change the way we protect our online identity in a workshop run by National ICT Australia (NICTA), and discovered how large organisations were using mobile technology such as smartphones and tablets during a presentation from Monash University Gippsland’s e-Solutions department.
The Upload Your Future expo – the second to be hosted by Monash University’s Gippsland campus – was hailed a success by teachers and students alike, with many acknowledging the opportunity to find out about the latest information on courses and careers in ICT without having to travel to Melbourne.
“It was great to expose students to a range of career paths in the ICT field that they hadn’t previously thought about,” said Maffra Secondary College ICT Coordinator, Mr Nathan Wallace.
“Events such as the Upload Your Future expo are a terrific help in ensuring students in Gippsland are given the same opportunity to find out about courses and careers as their counterparts in the city.”