More innovative events from Girl Geek Academy who turned the internship on its head recently, partnering with Deloitte Digital and 99designs – the online graphic design marketplace – to deliver a week long program where students from Korowa Anglican Girls School worked alongside industry experts to create their own startups.
Forty Year Ten students learned key STEM skills directly from industry role models at Deloitte and 99designs to hone their talents as “hackers, hustlers and hipsters”. Teams of 3 then built a startup and presented back to students in a “dolphin tank” as opposed to the (nasty) shark tank format.
The #SheHacks Work Experience is a bespoke program, customised to individual interests and learning methodology. The week-long program was held at the OneRoof all-women coworking space in Southbank Melbourne.
“Gone are the days of running around getting coffees. We’re making sure students actually have the opportunity to experience work - and that the opportunities are immediately relevant and aligned with what young people are telling us they want and need to experience in these programs,” said Girl Geek Academy Co-founder and CEO Sarah Moran.
Korowa Deputy Principal Liana Gooch said the program equipped students with valuable tools and insights, whilst spending quality time getting to know leading women in technology, STEM and the startup ecosystem.
Sarah Moran said the pioneering initiative is critical at this time when graduates face many uncertainties in the work market and are looking for more relevant employment experience that will help them to be truly work-ready.
“According to the Foundation for Young Australians it now takes almost three years to get a stable job after finishing education, compared to one year a generation ago. VicHealth recently hosted a deliberative forum bringing together a jury of 54 young people aged between 18–26 years to discuss the issues youth face in the workforce environment. The youth forum made a number of asks to the community to assist young people in the transition to purposeful work and the #SheHacks Work Experience program addresses more than half of these requests,” she said.
The six areas addressed by the #SheHacks program include
The #SheHacks initiative will extend into high-schools around Australia in the coming year. To organise an event or for further information on Girl Geek Academy initiatives and programs visit: www.https://girlgeekacademy.com.
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