As part of a three-day immersive STEM unit, Maronite College of the Holy Family (Parramatta) have introduced the Year 8 cohort of students to career possibilities in the emerging field of cyber security through the ASD CyberEXP program.
The Australian Maronite Professionals Council (AMPC) helped organise the half-day session as part of their efforts to engage the Maronite community in STEM education. AMPC Chairwoman, Hilda Clune, kicked off the session by sharing her personal career journey to becoming a global technology executive with PwC with the MCHF students.
The Year 8 cohort participated in the ASD CyberEXP in a half-day session on Monday, where students explored the careers of cyber experts working at the Australian Signals Directorate. In-demand roles, including a Penetration Tester, Malware Analyst and Operations Coordinator working at the Australian Signals Directorate were explored by students.
Students learned the type of work involved for each of the roles, the critical technical and non-cognitive skills required, key recommendations from the mentors and the different pathways they could take to prepare. In addition to the exploration of careers, the students participated in a simulated cyber incident and exercises designed to build foundational knowledge in the field.
In the afternoon, the students explored additional Day of STEM programs, including the South Sydney STEM Cup, Women in STEM and Australia 2020 program.