AIIA launches ICT Careers Week

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AIIA launches ICT Careers Week

The event is an initiative of the ICT Industry Leadership Group co-hosted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to promote ICT study and careers.

During the week, participating organisations will host events and activities promoting the benefits of post-school ICT studies for school students, and of careers in ICT for graduates.

"Last year, we had more than 70 organisations across Australia join us to promote the exciting and dynamic career opportunities available in Australia's ICT industry. The 2009 National ICT Careers Week will be similarly successful," said Penny Coulter, chair of the Careers Week Steering Committee.

"National ICT Careers Week will broaden the horizons of young school leavers who may not have considered undertaking ICT studies or the possibilities that surround a career in the ICT industry," she said.

Coulter said working in ICT is not just about sitting at a desk in front of a computer.

She said there are opportunities for young people to become leaders and team players in almost any field of high-technology they choose.

"ICT provides rewarding and dynamic career opportunities and advancement in many of Australia's economic, community and social aspirations into the future," she added.

ACS chairman Kumar Parakala said what has becoming obvious during the global financial crisis is that technology is core to a company's efficiency and productivity.

"Companies cannot get by without technology, and therefore there is great demand for ICT professionals," said Parakala.

"What is a unique advantage for ICT professionals is that there are no boundaries to what industry you can work in. 

"ICT professionals are in demand in banking and commerce, the minerals processing and mining sectors, agriculture, primary, secondary and tertiary education, business, the environmental and energy sectors, manufacturing and media and entertainment, and that's just to name a few."

AIIA CEO Ian Birks added with the rollout of a high-speed national broadband, the range of job opportunities related to creating a new smart economy in Australia is set to explode.

"National ICT Careers Week is about getting young people, their parents and their teachers excited about what ICT study and work has to offer," he said.

"Many people would be surprised at where an ICT qualification can take them - it is like a passport to the world."

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