Kylie McColl

KylieMcCollKylie McColl – University of Melbourne

Go Girl Topic: Computational Thinking: The Computer Science of Human Decisions

Kylie McColl is a secondary school teacher with experience in teaching across primary, secondary and tertiary settings over more than 15 years. After leaving a career in the IT industry as an Analyst / Programmer following the birth of her second child she began teaching programming at her local TAFE. The joy that she discovered teaching combined with a passion for problem solving and computer science led to roles that took her across continents and continues to inspire new collaborations and projects.

She is currently working at the University of Melbourne on the new year 12 subject, VCE Algorithmics (Higher Education Study Scored). And hopes to continue working to build student understanding in computer science by developing new resources for the Digital Technologies curriculum.

When Kylie is not working she loves to travel. In 2011 she took a year off to travel around the entire coast of Australia with her family.

What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
The variety of applications and industries you can be involved in.

As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
No, I was the type that changed my mind every time something new and interesting came along.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done, both personally and professionally?
Working in China teaching IT

Why are you passionate about diversity in technology?
As a teacher of IT I see many girls that enjoy my subject but struggle to see themselves with a career in IT. There is a perception that girls don’t belong in IT or aren’t suited to a career in IT. I strongly disagree with this way of thinking and want to do whatever I can to change it.

What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Embrace mathematics and computer science. They will open your eyes to amazing possibilities to advance society.