University of Western Australia: Big day in offers career inspiration for high school students

Some of Australia’s sharpest minds in technology and innovation will share their experiences and expertise today with 380 school students at the BIG Day In IT Conference and Expo.

Students from public and private schools in Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River, as well as the metropolitan area, from Darch in Perth’s northern suburbs to Wellard in the south and Ellenbrook in the east will attend the event.

Hosted by The University of Western Australia and run by the ACS Foundation, the BIG Day In features speakers from high-profile companies such as Microsoft, BHP, Bankwest, Technology One, Iluka, Westpac, Avanade Australia as well as Defence Force Recruiting.

They will share knowledge on the future of technology and how students can become involved in one of the key industries of the future.

Professor Rachel Cardell-Oliver, Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering at UWA, said

Perth was well placed to capitalise on the new opportunities and careers enabled by technology and innovation.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with the Big Day In to deliver this nationally recognised event which is part of a series of national IT and technology careers conferences held by the ACS Foundation,” Professor Cardell-Oliver said.

“This nationwide event series provides thousands of high school and university students with information about careers in the technology industry and connects them with some of Australia’s largest technology companies and start-ups.

“Investing in our young people and creating more opportunities for them is about building resilience and certainty for our future.”

Executive Director of the ACS Foundation John Ridge said the BIG Day In events were valuable for students interested in a career in a technology-related field or company.

“It has been hard for students to find out this information previously – with such a wide and diverse range of different jobs and careers,” Mr Ridge said.

“What better way to get this information than to come to the Big Day In and talk to the experts – those people already working in these areas.”