Renae Schilg

Renae Schilg – CBA

Go Girl Topic: Careers in Cyber Security and a Live Hacking Demonstration (co presenting with Martha McKeen and Zoe Petroulias)

I began my career in technology when I started a degree in IT Security in 2012. Before this I dabbled in technology at home, troubleshooting family and friends IT problems and building and maintaining a gaming PC but never foresaw a career in technology. So what got me interested? Someone I knew when I was 21 worked in cyber security, hearing of their cyber security stories intrigued me and soon enough I was keen to get into the industry. Funnily enough this person tried strongly to discourage me from the field, stating that I would be getting into a “males’ world”, that it would be “too hard” and that I would hate the culture etc etc. *eye roll*, little did they know that this drove me to passionately leap into studies and here I am today in a job I love surrounded by amazing supportive and encouraging people with experiences in the field that have only been positive and inspiring.
Moving from a regional town to Melbourne I love the availability of cool tech meetups and the overall supportive culture I’ve found here and look forward to many tech adventures!
In my spare time (when I have any!) I play roller derby, cook vegan meals & treats and ride my bike around.

What is the most awesome thing about having a career in tech for you?
The most awesome thing for me is working in a field that is fast-paced and ever changing. Working in cyber security forces me to continually develop my skills and knowledge in the area

As a child, did you dream of a career in tech?
Definitely not! During primary school and in high school I dreamt of every career but one in technology.

What would your advice be to your 15 year old self?
Just to keep working at what I loved to do. During high school there is a lot of external pressure to narrow your focus on to a particular field or job. Sometimes this pressure takes away and distracts you from what you really love to do – so don’t lose that.