Help create the next generation of IT professionals – become a digIT mentor.
The digIT program is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia through the Department of Education and run by AMT. It is part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda’s “Inspiring all Australians in digital literacy and STEM” measure, which aims to increase the participation of young Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to improve their digital literacy.
We have invited 60 students from NT, QLD and northern NSW in years 9 and 10 (in 2020) that have an interest in ICT learning areas to be part of this program. The students will:
- have an interest in furthering their knowledge, skills and understanding of ICT
- be curious and have a love of learning
- have potential but may lack confidence in their own abilities
- be willing to engage
- have the maturity to live away from home for four nights
The digIT program includes a six-month mentoring program that matches mentors working in the IT industry with like-minded students. This is a rewarding opportunity to give back and promote the ICT industry, related careers and study options to underrepresented high school students. Get involved and express your interest via our online form linked below.
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Advice for new mentors
- Don’t panic or feel you are failing; there are plenty of resources available and it’s not always you that may not be meeting the expected outcomes.
- Don’t micromanage, these students are really bright and on top of things.
- Be prepared to learn how to understand and deal with kids, and how to handle them differently to achieve their target.
- Be ready to focus on discovery, exploration and experiential learning rather than technical mastery.
- Be prepared to change expectations and be adaptable. Don’t take it too seriously. Have fun!
What our mentors are saying about digIT
I learnt so many ideas from others, things I had never seen, things I thought only professional could do. I got a lot of enjoyment in seeing how excited they were to share their progress and to be able to show them that a career in the IT industry is not as boring as you might think.digIT mentor, 2018
You will gain new skill sets for working with young people, students were introduced to new concepts and technologies, students became more confident, everyone improved their organisational skills and lastly everyone was introduced to some cool project ideas.digIT mentor, 2018
I was encouraged by a colleague who was already part of digIT’s mentoring program to think about applying to become a mentor. I was a little bit hesitant at first – I had questions like, how would I relate to the mentee that I was matched with? What were we going to talk about? Would the kids think of me as some kind of boring IT professional. The digIT team matched me with two mentees that had similar interests to me and together at the January camp we were all trained on how to have a mentoring relationship. I learned skills that have helped me professionally and personally, for example mentoring skills that allow me to become a mentor to grad program employees at work as well as learning about and enjoying IT skills that I would not normally get to do in my line of work.digIT mentor, 2019