For Students

'Shadow' people working in the tech sector and experience a day in the life of an IT professional.

Want to spend a day with an inspirational woman working in the tech sector? Find out how to earn more than any other career in New Zealand? See how working in IT can be fun? Be a part of ShadowTech!

Spend a day with tech-oriented companies like Air New Zealand, BNZ, Orion Health, Spark and Xero, shadowing a women working in IT and get inside information on tech career opportunities.


What is ShadowTech?

Shadow a woman working in Information Technology for the day and find out what the job is like, what a daily routine is, and what the benefits and challenges are.

What do we do on the day?

After meeting at a central location, you and a few other students from your school will be escorted to your assigned mentor’s company. Activities during the day vary, depending on your mentor organisation, but usually include things like:

  • Workplace tour
  • Sitting in on team and/or client meetings
  • Sales and marketing discussions
  • Meeting other staff and learning about the different tech roles
  • Lunch with your mentor – a great time to ask about career paths and options.

How will I know if a career in tech is for me?

Join ShadowTech, meet a mentor and discover the wide range of tech careers available including:

  • Business analyst
  • Customer service
  • Mobile app developer
  • Project manager
  • Sales and marketing
  • Service desk engineer
  • Software developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Tester
  • Website developer

Note: The terms ‘tech’ and ‘IT’ (Information Technology) have the same meaning, and relate to jobs in technology and computing.

How do I get involved?

The ShadowTech mentor scheme is for female students in years 9 – 11. Speak to your teacher to see if your school is participating in ShadowTech this year. Your school will provide more details about the day.

Schools interested in getting involved

For schools wanting to get involved, contact us or get in touch with your local tertiary partner.