Careers in ICT (Kyabram)
Year 9 students from Kyabram P-12 College and Rochester Secondary College enjoyed a day learning about the variety of careers in Information Communication Technology, including locally based careers. Six very different workshops demonstrated a wide range of ways ICT is used, from robotics and engineering, coding, hardware, artistic creativity, drones and technology as learning tools.
All the workshops were very hands on and students enjoyed using the equipment as they learnt about the careers and pathways involved. Mark Schumann from Advance Computing provided the keynote presentation at the start of the day, showcasing the software solutions Advance has created for local businesses using Microsoft tools. Workshop presenters were La Trobe University, Campaspe Library Services, Advance Computing, Splatoon Cartoons and Goulburn Murray Water.
Lunch and morning tea was provided for students and presenters.
Student feedback on the day was overwhelmingly positive, with a big shift in awareness of the career possibilities using ICT. The number of students considering ICT as a possible career leapt from 30% prior to the event, to 63% after the event. When asked "What did you like most?" students comments included –
- I liked the concept of the day and all the activities we did
- The encouragement and the way things worked
- The computers, coding and cartoons because I really enjoy those things
- The Turing thing, learning about that was insightful
- I enjoyed learning what people thought was interesting about their careers