DTA boosts career growth for women in digital industry

Wednesday, 07 October, 2020

DTA boosts career growth for women in digital industry

The Digital Transformation Agency has launched a Coaching for Women in Digital program, for all EL1 women in digital and ICT roles, who are interested in developing skills and connecting with like-minded peers across the Australian Public Service (APS). Expressions of interest for the 2020 program are now open; the program is designed to support women to develop new skills and progress in their digital careers, enabling them to deliver quality government services.

DTA CEO Randall Brugeaud said the program provides women in digital roles the opportunity to reflect and learn, connect with their peers and grow their digital careers. Brugeaud encouraged all EL1 women looking to grow their digital careers to register for the program.

“There’s no question that diverse workforces are more successful, more innovative, more adaptable and more in tune with their customers’ needs. As Head of the Digital Profession, I am committed to increasing the diversity of our digital workforce in the APS. This includes supporting more women into digital leadership roles. This program is part of how we’re helping to build an APS that continues to deliver quality outcomes for people and businesses,” Brugeaud said.

EOI submissions can be made on the Coaching for Women in Digital program page; the closing date for EOIs is midnight, 16 October 2020. After receiving EOIs, the DTA will ask for formal commitment, which must be confirmed by 30 October 2020. The program will run virtually from November 2020 to August 2021.

The program is based on positive psychology that focuses on strengths and is designed to help participants connect with coaches and peers across government to share experiences, and grow by dedicating time to developing their strengths through goal setting. The program includes seven two-hour virtual group coaching sessions and two networking events.

Participants will be assigned to a small group where they will get to know their peers and share their experiences. In between sessions, participants will receive coaching challenges aligned with their goals, supported by a digital resource and collaboration platform. The program is flexible, enabling participants to select time slots based on their commitments.

All EL1 or acting EL1 level women are welcome to apply, included feminine identifying and non-binary people, who are working in the APS in digital and ICT roles. This includes roles that design and deliver digital services, specialists in human-centred design and agile, roles working in areas of digital transformation, ICT and cybersecurity roles, and managers of digital teams.

The program covers a range of topics, including growth mindset, purpose and authentic leadership, mindfulness, navigating your career in the digital age, influencing skills, building confidence and work-life integration. For more information, visit the Coaching for Women in Digital program website.

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