More than half of students chasing dying careers, report warns

 PHOTO: Young Australians will face a working environment where increasing numbers of jobs will be automated or performed by robots (ABC News: Patrick Williams)

PHOTO: Young Australians will face a working environment where increasing numbers of jobs will be automated or performed by robots (ABC News: Patrick Williams)

POSTED DATE: 24/08/2015

AUTHOR: RACHAEL BROWN, ABC

Sixty per cent of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation, according to a new report by the Foundation for Young Australians.

The not-for-profit group, which works with young Australians to create social change, says the national curriculum is stuck in the past and digital literacy, in particular, needs to be boosted.

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Corporate women: education in right skills will aid amazing women

POSTED DATE: 20/07/2015

AUTHOR: JAN OWEN, CEO, THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS for AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

As CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) I'm regularly inspired and
fascinated by incredible young women.
There are the engineers Felicity Furey and Jillian Kenny, who are flipping traditional
maths textbooks on their head to engage the next generation of girls in science,
technology, engineering and maths careers. There is Marita Cheng, who is
currently in the United States with the top 40 young tech innovators in the world in
an intensive learning program with Google at NASA and Singularity University. Read more...

 Girls need more training in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills.

Girls need more training in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills.

PwC backs Australia’s best young STEM innovators with $20,000 seed funding

POSTED DATE: 1st July 2015

 Jillian Kenny from Machinam and Taj Pabari from Fiftysix, winners in a share of $20,000 seed funding from PwC

Jillian Kenny from Machinam and Taj Pabari from Fiftysix, winners in a share of $20,000 seed funding from PwC

Two young Australian innovators are ready to take their ventures to the next level after sharing in $20,000 in seed funding from PwC during a live pitching event held by the Foundation for Young Australians.

Taj Pabari and Jillian Kenny secured the funding following their participation in the foundation’s Young Social Pioneers (YSP) program, the nation’s leading accelerator program for social entrepreneurs. Read more...

Too many rules, too little finance: why young lag in business

POSTED DATE: 13/07/2015

AUTHOR: RICK MORTON, THE AUSTRALIAN

Young entrepreneurs are less active in Australia than in other developed countries and need access to better education, simple finance and fewer regulations to succeed, according to a submission to a Productivity Commission review.
The commission’s review into small business, startups, transfers and closures has been shown new data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor that finds the US outperforms Australia in entrepreneurship in almost every age group, but most dramatically among 18 to 24 year olds...Read more

 Jillian Kenny relies on support from her partner while she works fulltime on a startup business. Picture: David Geraghty Source: News Limited

Jillian Kenny relies on support from her partner while she works fulltime on a startup
business. Picture: David Geraghty Source: News Limited

How millennials can beat the generation gap – and not lose any friends

POSTED DATE: 04/07/2015

AUTHOR: CLAIRE STEWART, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

The Voice of Youth! The phrase has a certain ring – but it doesn't necessarily conjure
overwhelming confidence.
More often, it elicits well-meaning responses about indulging the whims and ideas of youngsters who are keen, but green. Then there are the jaded quips about naive optimism and how enthusiasm can never replace
experience. Rest assured; it's not only older generations who veer into this kind of thinking about the millennials. It's millennials themselves.
Jillian Kenny, the 29-year-old co-founder of tech-company Machinam says...Read more

 Eileen Bell, Westpac manager of Enterprise Testing, is a onetime world champion of gaming. She now uses her tech knowhow to lead people towards change. Jessica Hromas

Eileen Bell, Westpac manager of Enterprise Testing, is a onetime world champion of gaming. She now uses her tech knowhow
to lead people towards change. Jessica Hromas

Felicity starts a new role at Arup

POSTED DATE: 04/15

Senior Project Manager, Management Group, Arup

Felicity co-founded Power of Engineering in 2012 after realising the lack of diversity in engineering and considering the role and impact engineering projects have on the community. Since then, the organisation has inspired over 2,500 year 9 and 10 high school students across Australia about diverse, creative and innovative engineering careers...Read more

A search for what teachers need to improve maths outcomes

POSTED DATE: 02/04/2015

AUTHOR: ANTONIA MAIOLO, EDUCATION REVIEW

A new survey will ask teachers to nominate what resources they need to improve mathematics learning outcomes for high school students.

Jillian Kenny, founding member of education innovator Machinam, said the survey aims to discover what teachers struggle with most in classes...Read more

Clever girls ‘choke’ under self-imposed pressure: OECD report

  Engineer Felicity Briody says girls often lack confidence. Picture: Hollie Adams    Source:  News Corp Australia

Engineer Felicity Briody says girls often lack confidence. Picture: Hollie Adams Source: News Corp Australia

POSTED DATE: 06/03/2015

AUTHOR: NATASHA BITA, THE AUSTRALIAN

AMBITIOUS girls out-gun boys at school, but end up in lower-paid jobs because they “choke under pressure’’, an international study finds.

The OECD report on gender equality in education, released yesterday, blames girls’ lack of confidence for their failure to pursue high-paying careers in maths and science...Read more

Make your digital start-up a social enterprise

POSTED DATE: 15/12/2014

AUTHOR: JILLIAN KENNY, CO-FOUNDER

So, you’re ambitious and tech-savvy, and you’re thinking of starting your own business. Why? Do you want to: make money; avoid the day-in, day-out drudgery of working for a large corporation; be your own boss; have the freedom to creatively contribute to the world; or all of the above? 

If you answered yes to any or all of those options, you could be a... Read more

 Jillian Kenny, co-founder at Power of Engineering

Jillian Kenny, co-founder at Power of Engineering

Australia’s 100 Women of Influence 2014

PUBLISHED: 02/10/14

AUTHOR: CLAIRE STEWART, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

More women than ever are coming forward to talk about their efforts to make changes in their chosen fields, and set an example for a new generation of leaders in Australia.

Now in its third year, The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards showcases the ­country’s highest-achieving women this year. Some are well known, others are forging a leadership path out of the public eye.

The 100 winners have been selected across 10 categories... Read more