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Developing Women for Career Success

Dream Big Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a STEAM Ahead Program to support women who are currently completing studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Bachelor degrees and are motivated to enhance their employability, develop future-ready skills and connect with industry organisations prior to graduation. 

The ‘STEAM Ahead Program’ enhances the futures of female participants by developing their confidence and capability to succeed in the workplace. By helping women connect with industry mentors and employers, enhance their capabilities and elevate their potential prior to graduation, Dream Big Australia will enable them to differentiate in today’s highly competitive employment market.

The program provides the unique experience of accelerating employment potential and the ability to build valuable industry networks, thus elevating your career progression prior to graduation.

IPWEAQ is proud to once again partner with Dream Big Australia having seen the benefits and results of their programs firsthand. We support the role Dream Big Australia plays in enhancing the future of female STEAM university students, enabling real outcomes for high potential women and creating opportunity students to make a positive impression on prospective employers. 


Want to be involved?

If you are a student, university or an industry partner wanting to contribute or be a part of an  exceptional program for exceptional women, there is a role for you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in what has become the largest collaboration of students, undergraduates and successful engineering professionals in Queensland.

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Enquiries: please contact Daneele McBride, Engagment Coordinator

Become Career Ready and Build Industry Networks

The STEAM Ahead Program has been created to provide a development experience which supports and better prepares women to be more skilled, confident and qualified. By elevating your potential prior to graduation, you will be well positioned to differentiate in today’s highly competitive employment market.

From one-on-one mentoring, to self-paced, individual learning to interactive plenary sessions, the STEAM Ahead Program immerses participants in a vibrant, multifaceted learning experience. 

Igniting the Dream

Founded as the Dream Big Project in 2014 by then CQU student and current Managing Director Jessica Kahl the project was focused on building a strong network of industry and education partnerships for the purpose of creating greater collaboration. Jessica initially created a program to engage high school in STEAM pathways by running engaging workshops on school visits. 

After the success of the high school program, Jessica was inspired to create more opportunities for students within STEAM careers to connect with industry, and so the Steam Ahead Program was born.