Tips for ca­reers in tech

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - STAFF RE­PORTERS

Hamil­ton’s Ul­trafast Fi­bre re­cently hosted a tech­nol­ogy open day for girls from Mata­mata Col­lege.

This was aimed at pro­vid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for young women who may be con­sid­er­ing ca­reers in tech­nol­ogy.

The ex­pe­ri­ence is part of a na­tional pro­gramme known as Shad­owTech Day.

The girls spent time with Ul­trafast Fi­bre staff get­ting an un­der­stand­ing of the com­pany, what it does and the sorts of jobs that are car­ried out.

Ul­trafast Fi­bre has about 160 staff with 40 per cent of these fe­male em­ploy­ees.

The com­pany is re­spon­si­ble for the pro­vi­sion of fi­bre broad­band tech­nol­ogy in Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Whanganui.

A to­tal of seven girls from Mata­mata Col­lege at­tended the day.

Suzette Muller, As­so­ci­ate Project Man­ager at Ul­trafast Fi­bre, looked af­ter two of the stu­dents dur­ing the day.

She said she put her­self for­ward as a tan­gi­ble way of help­ing en­cour­age more women into tech­nol­ogy in­dus­tries.

‘‘I found the stu­dents ex­cited to visit a tech­nol­ogy com­pany and they were sur­prised at how in­ter­est­ing the work ac­tu­ally was.

‘‘They had a pre-con­ceived idea that the com­pany would con­sist of IT gu­rus and en­gi­neers, but found there are a range of other ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties they didn’t pre­vi­ously con­sider.’’

‘‘They had a pre­con­ceived idea that the com­pany would con­sist of IT gu­rus and en­gi­neers.’’

Mata­mata stu­dents at the Shad­owTech day. Hope Spice, Kyla Dean, Oliva Ste­wart, Ali­cia King, Dan Dyson, (So­lu­tion Ar­chi­tect Ul­trafast Fi­bre), Hannah Ire­land, Sarai Gold, Jess Lowe.

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