On Friday 2nd November, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews, MP formally launched the Careers with STEM: Code magazine fifth anniversary edition.
From left to right: Palm Beach Currumbin High School acting/middle school principal Alison Fahlbusch, Jennifer May of CBA, Sally-Ann Williams of Google, the Hon. Karen Andrews, MP, Sharon Collins of CBA, Heather Catchpole of Refraction Media.
Attending Palm Beach Currumbin State High School in Queensland, Heather Catchpole, Head of Content at Refraction Media lead a panel discussion on the state of future careers and the necessity of STEM skills for tomorrow’s workforce.
“We started Careers with STEM in 2014 in response to an industry need for skilled graduates for the future of work,” says Catchpole.
“Since then we’ve profiled more than 250 people’s paths into STEM careers, reached 250,000 people through our digital platforms and sent 1.25 million magazines to students in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.”
Palm Beach Currumbin students with their Careers with STEM magazines, Google sunglasses and stickers!
Joining Minister Andrews on the panel was Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community and Outreach Manager for Google Australia, Sharon Collins, Head of Future Talent Strategy, Community and Inclusion at Commonwealth Bank, and Jennifer May, Graduate Engineer at Commonwealth Bank and cover star of Careers with STEM: Engineering 2018.
The Hon. Karen Andrews, MP addressing the students.
Careers with STEM: Code magazine is one of four annual magazines in the Careers with STEM series produced by Refraction Media. The magazines provide educators, students and parents with employer insights, industry trends, career pathways and inspiring and diverse role models who share their STEM journey.
“By combining skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) with students’ ‘X’ – their interests, goals and another field, we’re connecting with the students who traditionally might not have seen themselves in a STEM role,” says Catchpole.
Careers with STEM: Engineering cover star Jennifer May of CBA addressing the students.
Currently, there are 300,000 vacancies in global cybersecurity careers, and it’s expected that we will require 200,000 ICT jobs filled in the next five years in Australia alone. Despite this growing demand, there are fewer than 5000 Australian ICT graduates per year. The latest issue of Code magazine explores opportunities within the fast-growing careers of the entire tech industry, with a bonus flip-issue of Careers with STEM: Cybersecurity.
More Palm Beach Currumbin High students loving their gifted goodies.
Since the launch of Careers with STEM: Code magazine 5 years ago, Refraction Media has distributed over 1.25 million copies – for free – to Australian, New Zealand and American high schools.
Minister Andrews’ launch of the latest magazine celebrates a nationwide delivery of 225,000 copies to 3000 high schools around Australia.
Sally-Ann Williams, Sharon Collins and Heather Catchpole with their Careers with STEM magazines and Google glasses.
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.