Andover College has been preparing young women for dynamic futures in Digital Technologies with their recent, ‘Women into Digital Industries’ day. Held on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, the event showed over 600 students aged 13-14 from local schools how a technological career path is both possible and desirable across a diverse range of sectors.
Hosted at The Lights Theatre, the inspiring event included a range of local and national women speakers sharing their personal experiences and advice, highlighting the wealth of opportunities available in the digital sector. Hands-on experience was also available to bring students’ learning to life across forward-thinking technologies from animation to virtual reality and robotics!
Lana Suhova, a former Andover College student and creator of Dalry Rose Digital’s message to young girls was to embrace the digital world, saying:
I never imagined a love of blogging and social media could turn into a business for me. Over the years I’ve had opportunities to work with international brands including Topshop and Harrods through my online presence so my advice to young women is use the digital tools around you to your advantage and have fun, because you never know where a creative passion could take you!
Zazie Carter, who is responsible for IT Governance at Old Mutual Health, highlighted the digital demand across businesses today. She explained:
The average job in the digital world pays 35% more than other careers, yet there is a massive skills shortage in these industries. In the last couple of decades alone we’ve seen the creation of Google, social media and smart phones, so just imagine the opportunities that are yet to come.
Andover College currently works with its own students through their Digital Futures initiative, equipping them with the digital skills required by businesses and employers to elevate their career prospects. This new approach combines a mixture of creative, technical and mathematical elements and is backed by top employers as it prepares students for future jobs and careers that might not yet exist.
Meg Bullock, Digital Marketing Officer and Andover Marketing Coordinator said:
Our first ‘Women into Digital Industries’ event was a phenomenal success. The venue was buzzing with energy all day and it was so rewarding to expose students to the scope of digital careers available now and in the future in the UK’s fastest growing industry. There is a shortage of females in technological sectors today, however by showcasing some of the industry’s leading ladies we’re confident young women in our community will engage, create and learn the vibrant digital skills for future successes.
Learn more about Andover College’s Digital Futures incentive at their next Open Day on Saturday 24 April 2018, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Register now at: www.andover.ac.uk
Photo: Women in the Digital World, Andover College