8th February 2023
After months of planning, we held our first ever Women into Computing event here at South Devon College, and it’s safe to say it was a huge success!
The day-long Women into Computing event comprised a range of activities that encouraged young female students from local schools and education providers to explore a range of areas and concepts to get an insight of what opportunities are out there for them in the computing industry.
The activities that the college ran for the students included sessions on Cyber Security and Online Safety, Software Development, Games Design, a Lego Coding activity and a ‘Just Dance’ Algorithm Activity. Whilst being very informative, all the activities were very fun for all involved.
Nicky Dunn from Secure Source, a cyber-security head hunting organisation, was the guest speaker and spoke to students from various local schools about Cyber Security and how to be safe online.
She discussed some of the career opportunities but also emphasised the importance of cyber security knowledge wherever you go with the digital landscape and services requesting your data continually increasing.
Paignton Academy students, Lauren Starling and Jess Oldridge, enjoyed the day and the variety of activities. Jess said: “I didn’t come in with an interest of computing as a career path, but I found learning about cyber security quite cool and that kind of thing is useful in most careers now, so I’ve found today really good.”
Secure Source said: “Thank you to Conrad Saunders and Charlotte Bounsall from South Devon College for the Women into Computing event that you had created and invited Nicky Dunn from Secure Source who introduced the world of cyber security and the potential job roles available in the industry. We were blown away with the college and what they offer. It was also a wonderful insight for the girls from The Spires College, Dawlish community college. and Paignton Community & Sports College.”
Simon Thorpe, Head of Digital and Computing at South Devon College, said: “The programme of events gave the students from our partner schools a varied and exciting insight into the employment opportunities within the computing industry. It was fantastic to see students inspired to develop their skills further so they can succeed in what is a high profile and dynamic sector.”
Discover what options there are in studying Computing at South Devon College. If you have any questions, you can contact our Helpzone team for information, advice and guidance on 08000 380 123 or by emailing [email protected].