In an effort to address a shrinking IT sector,  Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) have made the strategic decision to develop an outreach program – techtrails. The program is aimed at boys and girls in WA, looking to encourage students to consider a career in technology.

Earlier this month, Ashdale Secondary College held a techtrails event that attracted a number of IT professionals willing to share their stories with the students.  The presenters came from varied backgrounds, arriving at their current roles via some very interesting and non-traditional paths.

Bernadette, one of the SEQTA developers, is excited to be presenting at the next techtrails event at Como Secondary College in November.  ‘I am really looking forward to sharing my story with the Como students.  I can’t wait to show them how cool a career in IT can be!’ says Bernadette.

The stories and advice from presenters, such as Bernadette, provide inspiration to students who see themselves in the IT sector, and certainly provides some encouragement to students who are still trying figure out what they want to do ‘when they grow up’.

Would you or someone you know like to be involved with techtrails?  The team at WiTWA would love to hear from you.  You can contact WiTWA Chair, Daniela Mattheys –, or visit their website:

Sherryn Rietdyk, Communications Manager