There’s been a lot happening in the FITT world and while it seems like IWD was only yesterday, we’re well into planning for some exciting new FITT programs that we’ll be rolling out in the coming months. Stay tuned for more news soon.
It is interesting to note, following on from the content delivered and discussed at our 2016 IWD events, that recent reports such as the Australian Computer Society’s annual ‘Digital Pulse’ report and a report released just last week by the Foundation for Young Australians have pointed to a need for a broad range of skills in today’s workplace… and that of the future.
Both reports noted that, “Developing the digital skills of both existing technology workers and the broader Australian workforce will be an important factor in ensuring that there is an adequate supply of ICT skills to support the growing digital economy, and this includes women and mature age workers, who are vastly underrepresented.”
The ACS’ ‘Digital Pulse’ report which is prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, reported that women comprise just 28% of ICT workers in Australia and that mature aged ICT workers represent just 11% of the workforce.
An article in Startup Smart entitled ‘The Australian tech industry will only close the skills gap if it addresses diversity’, which looked at both reports stated that “Satisfying ICT skills demand from the current workforce requires a greater focus on diversity issues, in particular encouraging more women and more mature age workers in to ICT.”
The article also stated (as did discussions at 2016 IWD), “Improving female representation amongst ICT workers would require encouraging girls and young women to study STEM subjects at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, depicting more positive female ICT role models in the media and adjusting business practices relating to recruiting, retaining, paying and promoting employees so that these do not directly or indirectly discriminate against female ICT workers.”
It’s an interesting and thought provoking piece, I’d encourage you to read more…
I would like to take the opportunity to extend a warm welcome, on behalf of the FITT Management Committee and wider FITT community to our new Silver sponsor, Juniper Networks.
It’s great to have the Juniper team join our FITT family – and you can find out more about their great work later in this issue.
I wish you all a happy end to Q1 and a fantastic start to Q2 and look forward to sharing more FITT news with you again soon.
Take care, keep smiling and stay FITT!
Kerryn Nelson – Newsletter Editor and FITT Marketing Lead
On Behalf of the FITT Management Committee
Head of Presales,
SAP Australia and New Zealand
What is your current role and what is your scope?
I am responsible for leading the presales. We help our customers leverage technology to optimise their business processes and uncover new business models.
What attracted you to a career in ICT?
I was initially attracted to ICT because of the shortage back then of ICT professionals and the excellent career opportunities it provided. I was also inspired by my programming teacher at high school and wanted to follow in her footsteps. When I started university, I went into commercial engineering which is a mix between economics and engineering. We had the opportunity to specialise in the third year, and ICT was one of the options. I wasn’t very clear initially on what a career in ICT entailed, but when they were handing out free laptops for all ICT students my choice was made.
What has kept you in the ICT industry?
The main things are the endless career opportunities, the pace of change and variety. Even though I have been with SAP since 2000, I have worked across various roles including consulting, presales, presales management and business development. Throughout my career at SAP, I have worked in both regional and market-unit roles in Australia, Belgium and at global headquarters in Waldorf (Germany). I am very grateful for the tremendous opportunities we have in ICT and how it has allowed me to see the world.
ICT is core to innovation and even more so in the years to come. I strongly believe that organisations in all sectors are becoming more digital and those who embrace it benefit from better business decisions, business processes and even business models than those who lag behind. It really is an amazing time to be in ICT.