RMIT has hosted the annual Big Day In event for students wanting to develop their IT sector careers.
Now in its fifth year, the Big Day In is a national program coordinated by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation in conjunction with the Business IT and Logistics.
The event provides students with information about upcoming trends in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to help them make more informed decisions about their future careers.
Vince Bruno, Lecturer, School of Business IT and Logistics, said that more than 600 secondary school students attended this year from 30 schools across Melbourne.
“We made use of the state-of-the-art facilities available in the Swanston Academic Building to create a real buzz and generate a strong sense of engagement between students and exhibitors,” he said.
“Participants heard about many of the ICT innovations which will shape future jobs in this sector, demonstrating how dynamic the ICT industry is at being an innovative enabler across all industries.”
The day included interactive activities along with industry presentations from a range of organisations including realestate.com.au, Microsoft, Westpac, WiseTech Global, CSC, Autodesk, TCS, Deloitte and IBM.
Participants also had the opportunity to speak to exhibitors about their products and employment opportunities and to try out the latest devices and gadgets.
John Ridge AM, Executive Director, ACS Foundation, said: “It is pleasing to see the level of interest and enthusiasm from students to learn more about careers in ICT and technology.
“The day is aimed specifically at students with an interest in these careers and to give them information to enable them to make a better informed decision about their future. It is pleasing to note that around 40 per cent of the audience are female students, which is more than twice the industry average.”
Story: Ainslie Logsdon