More than 500 students from 44 schools around the state have been given a taste of what a career in the Information Technology field could be like.

The NSW Department of Education partnered with global cloud software company Salesforce for three days last week to help 503 high school students explore technology-based job opportunities.

Careers adviser at Strathfield South High Paris Hadjisocratous said it was important for students to be aware of growing industries and career options from a young age.

South Strathfield High student Nek Sultan (left) with his careers advisor Paris Hadjisocratous (right).

South Strathfield High student Nek Sultan (left) with his careers advisor Paris Hadjisocratous (right).Credit:Louise Kennerley

“You start talking about the tech industry, and you realise pretty much every career involves some kind of technology,” Mr Hadjisocratous said.

The “Future Ready Fest” program, which ran online over three days, introduced students to tech-based careers with industry professionals holding workshops and group sessions. The workshops gave year 10 students a taste of the tech industry which usually would have been gained through work experience.

Salesforce senior director of philanthropy Davinder Mann said it was “fantastic to be able to bring so many students together and provide them with a lens into what a career in tech could look like”.

Nek Sultan, a year 10 student at South Strathfield High, was one of six students who participated in last week’s program, and he said the workshops reinforced his desire to get involved in a tech-related industry. Hearing from people in the industry made the sessions more authentic, and encouraged him to look at where a career in tech could take him.

“When [industry professionals] told me how they work, and how they got there, it got me even more excited,” he said. “I started looking at being a lawyer or engineer, but when I looked at IT, it got me more interested.”

TAFE NSW introduced 20 new tech-related subjects including cybersecurity, big data, and cloud computing to high school students this year as part of the new Schools Launchpad platform. The subjects can count towards a student’s ATAR.

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