On Thursday 26 November, ACS Victoria hosted an innovative panel discussion with an impressive line-up of speakers from both the education and business sectors in Victoria. The event saw 100 individuals walk through the door, with a variation of ACS members, guests, young IT and IT professionals.
Key note speaker, Dr Rod Dilnutt kicked off the session, and enlightened guests; “The economy at large is undergoing significant disruption which is presenting both a challenge, and an opportunity to the ICT industry. As the ICT business sector adapts to changing practices and commercial models, it is imperative that the education institutions equip and deliver graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to take up the future roles.”
After Rod’s key note, the panel of four took to the stage to answer questions of the audience. Panellists included Victoria Kluth, Managing Director of Araza group; Mark Maglaras, Chief Operating Officer and Sales Director of payments solution specialist Novatti; Professor Timothy Baldwin, Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne; and Dr Christopher Cheong, Senior Lecturer at the School of Business IT and Logistics at RMIT University.
Facilitating the panel discussion was Mehrnoush Salehpour, (outgoing) Chair of the Victorian Business Relations Sub-committee. “Digital disruption is forecast to displace nearly half of all Australian jobs in the next 20 years. The impact of digital economy draws a more promising story for the future of the ICT workforce. We wished to explore this trend further and it came to us over a coffee with Dr Dilnutt who was presenting the outcome of workforce of the future research to policy makers. The ACS Digital Pulse was another source of research that highlighted the importance of early discussion amongst the ICT workforce strategist and influencers.”
There was a large amount of energetic audience participation, with a Twitter competition running for the best tweet on the night. Congratulations to Ihung Lim who took home a $50.00 Myer Gift Card.
Participants stayed back to network with what could be their future employees and employers. Overall, feedback from the night was extremely positive, and the future seems bright for the ‘employee of the future’!