Programmes

Programmes

About our Programmes

At Vic ICT for Women, we pride ourselves on creating programs that inform and support women right from school age all the way to the top. We want to ensure your enthusiasm for ICT is encouraged, nurtured and passed along to the next generation of women through events and programs structured to help at each stage in your journey.

Despite 70% growth of ICT jobs since 1996, women account for only 16% of ICT roles.

The Victorian ICT for Women Network is an industry-driven initiative which aims to facilitate entry, retention and progression for women working in ICT.


  • Networks

    Personal and professional networking

  • Upskilling

    Knowledge and skills development

  • Career Advancement

    Career and business development

  • Peer Connections

    Access to and connection with other women in ICT

  • Education & Events

    Education forums and events

  • Go Further

    Mentoring and scholarship programs

  • Industry News

    Regular member communication

GO GIRL

Go Girl, Go for IT

GO GRAD

Grad Girl

GO FOR IT

What’s hot in IT
Importance of Women in IT

GO GROW

Mentor Programme

GO LEAD

#BOLDmoves

“I 100% now believe that there’s a place for me in the IT industry.”Gilmore College for Girls
Go Girl, Go for IT has been successfully introducing girls from year 7 to 11 to the world of technology and enthusing them about a career and education in IT. Achieving a record number of over 1400 girls in 2014 from over 42 Victorian schools, we run this truly unique event every two years. Currently hosted at Deakin University, Go Girl, Go for IT is designed like an innovative trade fair, with sponsors from many industries and businesses running interactive workshops and stands to showcase the vast opportunities available within the IT industry. Guest speakers offer inspiration to this future generation via interactive sessions and in 2016 we have the amazing Sophie Blachford from Instagram as our ambassador. Travel to the event is also subsidized so no girl misses out.

To find out more on how to register as a school to attend, get involved as a volunteer, sponsor the program or just understand what Go Girl delivers, visit the website by clicking the button below.

Go Girl Website

“Really great event and learnt a lot, thanks for taking the time to organise it! Greatly appreciated”University Attendees

Transitioning from university into a career in ICT can be tricky and historically the industry has lost women into other careers at this point. Our graduate program helps open up the opportunities for these young women and connect them to potential employers. We run a graduate event each year designed to hook up graduates with companies interested in recruiting. It’s a chance for organisations to talk about the benefits of working with them and outline the programs they have on offer. In addition we offer practical support and advice on broader topics like how to conduct a good interview, to help you succeed in your first step in an ICT career. Specifically our program objectives are:

  • Interactive sessions exclusively for female students in ICT industry-Insights from guest speakers
  • Recent graduate, Graduate Program Recruiters and Vic ICT Board member
  • Career Planning Support with assistance on resume and interview readiness
  • Tips and tricks on how to find the right corporate graduate ICT program and what Vic ICT for Women offers
  • Networking and knowledge sharing opportunities

Grad Girls program is aiming to launch enhanced and value add initiatives in 2016.  We will be organising two career planning and networking event in 2016.  This program is open to all university and TAFE sector female students who are interested in embarking IT career.

Going digital: We are also targeting to launch podcasts in 2016 that will offer tips and tricks to launch IT career, guidelines from industry experts on how to succeed with job applications and tips on networking with other professional women from the ICT industry.

Watch this space for further information on up and coming 2016 Grad Girls Program.

If you are a corporate interested in getting involved please write to us [email protected]

“I’ve found the [VIC ICT Mentoring] Program to be incredibly valuable. It’s had a definite impact on my career (I’ve gone up a role grade and am leading BAs on projects now, which I credit in part to the skills I’ve developed during my mentoring year), and to my personal life. I’ve learned to take control of my career and have developed a lot more confidence in my dealings with people in general.”Mentee - Katie Tudor
The VIC ICT Mentoring Program is designed to:

  • Assist the professional development of women in ICT and foster networking
  • Provide the opportunity for ICT professionals to be a mentor and contribute to the ICT industry

Who can participate?

  • Mentee

    The Mentee role is open to members of the Victorian Women in ICT Network only. Mentees can nominate to be mentored in either ICT or leadership or a combination of both.

  • Mentor

    The Mentor role is open to members and non-members, both male and female. Mentors require experience in ICT and/or leadership roles plus a desire to assist women in ICT to progress in their careers.

How is the Program run?

The Mentoring Program begins with an induction event in February where registered Mentors and Mentees will have the opportunity to meet their pre-matched Mentors/Mentees (based on information provided upon registration). Mentors/Mentees provide their preferences for final selection, in addition to being briefed on the program.

All mentors and mentees will be paired up before the end of February, when the mentoring relationship will formally get underway. VIC ICT for Women will provide participants with:

  • access to guidance and reference material
  • an ability to network via an online community
  • webinars delivered throughout the year
  • informal meet-ups

The Mentoring Program will conclude with an End of Year celebration event in November.

What is the time commitment?

Mentees and mentors must be able to commit 1-2 hours per month for the duration of the Program.

Over 125 participants from various ICT industries participated in 2015 and we have over 135 participants in the 2016 Program.

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Be A Mentor

“Being a mentor with the VIC ICT for Women program ticks many boxes for me. As well as being a way to share experience and support others as they develop careers in the IT industry, I get to expand my networks, exercise coaching skills and be inspired by the fresh thinking of the brilliant mentees.”Maria Palmer

Our mentoring program gives the chance to act as a mentor to someone at the early stages of their career and help support them through the changes needed to become a future industry leader.

To find out more about the Mentoring Program please contact us.

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We run a number of events under our Go for IT program designed to inspire inform and celebrate women in IT.

Importance of Women in IT

A series of breakfast events where guest speakers talk about latest technology, their careers in IT and what they have learnt. Held monthly they offer the opportunity to network informally as well as be inspired by leaders in our industry.



What’s Hot in IT

An interactive event showcasing emerging technologies and industry trends in a friendly and informative atmosphere.  Using a ‘round table’ format, these events feature a panel of Technology specialists leading discussions and providing insights into their area of expertise.

An evening of networking and discussion to connect with Technology leaders who are disrupting the way we live, work, interact and transact through technology innovation.  Attendees will meet leaders from start-ups to large enterprises who are creating the technologies and championing opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.



Gala Dinner

Held annually this is a time to not only celebrate our achievements but also to be part of the change. A chance to network whilst being inspired by great speakers and entertainment and all in the backdrop of a fantastic setting and dinner.




To learn more about our events schedule visit the calendar.

CALENDAR

Vic ICT for Women prides itself on driving change. We believe you as the leaders of our industry have the gift to create the diversity change. We offer opportunities for you to demonstrate that support, create ideas for change and inspire and challenge others to follow in your footsteps. Whether as part of your corporate sponsorship or on an individual level there are a number of opportunities to demonstrate your leadership in diversity.

Be A Mentor

Our mentoring program gives the chance to act as a mentor to someone at the early stages of their career and help support them through the changes needed to become a future industry leader.



Speaker Opportunities

Across all our programs we offer great opportunities for you and your organizations to speak up and demonstrate your commitment to diversity.



Bold Moves

In 2015 we set out to challenge you to actively engage in helping change our industry. Together we ran think tanks and workshops to develop thinking on how to tackle the need for diversity from a leadership perspective. We plan on running a full program this year targeting the leaders of our industry and their organsiations to continue to contribute to solving the problem.



For more details on how you can get involved contact us.

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