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goIT Girls encourages young Australian women to pursue a career in innovation and technology.

According to Australia’s Office of Chief Scientist, women make up less than a third of the country’s STEM university graduates, with the numbers in physics, astronomy, and engineering falling even further short. In the engineering industry itself, women represent just 13% of Australia’s workforce – despite there being more jobs requiring STEM skills than qualified candidates to fill them.

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) aims to address this shortfall with goIT Girls – a week-long, immersive work experience program aimed at female Year 10 and Year 11 students in Sydney and Melbourne.

In 2019, 100 young women were invited to participate – discovering the business and culture of TCS first-hand, receiving guidance from senior executives from both TCS and our client organizations, plus getting the opportunity to develop valuable technical skills through an introduction to coding.

More than that, program participants also got the opportunity to have their preconceptions challenged by working with female role models who break all the stereotypes about women in tech – and the students received a grounding in design thinking methodology, which helps them think differently about how technology can be used to solve problems both in business, and society.

“On the surface the program may appear to be a regular Work Experience placement, but it’s so much more than that,” said one participating teacher. “The goIT Girls Work Experience Program helps to inspire female students to consider roles and careers that they perhaps didn’t even know existed, or thought they were capable of pursuing.”

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