The project aims to support regional and remote High School students facing the prospect of decline in the traditional areas of farming, mining and manufacture to re-imagine their futures and aspire to work in Creative Industries (Rural Councils Victoria, 2014). The project will provide students, their families, teachers and careers advisors with information about the skills needed to be successful in the industry, what Creative Industry jobs look like and the benefits a university education can provide if you should aspire to a Creative Industries career. A Creative Industry ROADSHOW will travel to and deliver multiple educational outcomes to hundreds of High School students by visiting six remote and regional centres and explaining how digital technology and its related economy has shaped and is shaping Creative Industry opportunities and careers. The ROADSHOW will inspire High School students and allow myths and misunderstandings about University life and careers in the Creative Industries to be extinguished.
In the current and evolving career climate it is important now more than ever for STEM students to understand how technology careers are becoming more reliant on creativity and for creative students to embrace STEM ideologies and technical skills in their future career.
This research project is funded by the 2016 “Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme” through the Australian Government Department of Education.