I guess you could say I started my career in IT out of curiosity. I had always wanted to be a criminologist, and after completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in legal studies followed by some post graduate studies in criminology, I thought I was all set. But it was the early 90’s and there weren’t many jobs out there in this specialised field. Well none actually.

But what I noticed in the careers section of the papers (no such thing as Seek.com in those days) were heaps of IT jobs – so many and in such a variety of industries. What was this thing called IT, it certainly sounded a bit geeky?

I wanted to know more (and needed a job) so I completed a post graduate diploma in Information Technology and haven’t looked back. What really surprises me is the lack of women in the industry – why?

The Victorian Government 2009 ICT Skills Snapshot contains some interesting statistics; in particular “Females continue to be under-represented in the information & communications technology (ICT) sector, accounting for just 19 per cent of the ICT workforce in Victoria. In comparison, females account for around 45 per cent of the total Victorian workforce.”

So girls, are you like me and thought that it would be geeky, nerdy, boring even?

This is far from the truth, as I have discovered. To help dispel this myth Telstra is sponsoring the third Go Girl, Go For IT event for secondary school girls on 27 & 28 October 2010.  Organised by the Vic ICT for Women it’s held at Deakin University, Burwood, Melbourne.

The event is about connecting secondary school girls with female role models who work in a variety of industries, from banking, multimedia, medicine and even fashion. It’s all about attracting diverse and talented people into IT – something that Telstra strongly supports. The girls get the opportunity to attend a series of short presentations from a variety of speakers and explore the tradeshow style careers exhibition. Telstra’s stand is always extremely popular and provides the girls an opportunity to check out some of our new products and talk to Telstra IT staff about the interesting work they do.

I’d love your thoughts about Go Girl –what did you think of the event? Will it help encourage girls to consider a career in IT?