More than 1000 female high school students today got a first-hand look at what it’s like to work in technology at the Go Girl, Go for IT careers expo.
NAB’s head of Women in Technology project, Dayle Stevens, explained that NAB is a proud Gold Sponsor of the event, sending 14 staff to take part in the careers expo.
“As one of the largest technology employers in Melbourne, NAB wants to play a leadership role to demystify what it means to work in technology for women,” Ms Stevens said.
“With the number of girls pursuing an IT career in decline, we want to do all we can to help turn the trend around.
“Go Girl, Go for IT offers girls the chance to talk to women who are actually working in IT and to find out what their careers are like.
“For girls, technology can seem like a ‘boy’s world’, but in fact there are great careers in technology up for grabs for girls that give it a go.
“I for one never thought I would be working in technology, but I’m here today telling girls that technology careers should definitely be on their radar.”
Held biannually, the 2014 Go Girl, Go for IT career expo is being held at Deakin University in Burwood and provides girls a chance to meet a range of career exhibitors to see what a career in IT can be like.
NAB’s sponsorship of Go Girl, Go for IT is part of NAB’s Women in Technology project. This project aims to encourage more girls and women to consider careers in technology, while also simultaneously supporting NAB women currently working in technology.
The Women in Technology project is a further demonstration of NAB’s leadership in the corporate sector for gender diversity.
NAB is the only major bank to have conducted a gender pay equity audit to investigate possible causes or barriers to equal pay and was the first major bank to introduce a domestic violence support policy – an issue which affects one in three women at some point in their lives, and two thirds of these women are in paid work.
“NAB has also committed to create a 50/50 gender balance in its graduate program intake, meaning there are even more opportunities for young women to pursue careers with us than ever before,” Ms Stevens said.