CompTIA Report Explores Views on Their Use of Technology, Career Options and the Future of Work
Interestingly, students who are interested in technology identify specific job categories that align with employers ’current job openings, including positions in software and application development, emerging technologies, and cybersecurity.
Just over half of teens (53%) expect to increase their connections to technology. Nine out of 10 connect to the Internet on their cell phones, confirming their need to constantly connect to technology.
“Young people are clearly very interested and have high levels of comfort in their interactions with technology,” he said. Colleen Crino, development director of Creating IT Futures. “Developing these traits will help them as they progress from students to digital knowledge workers and technology professionals.”
Misconceptions about working in technology persist among teens. This includes the feeling that a technology job requires good math and science skills; that the job is complicated and difficult; that you work alone on a computer; the work is boring; or it’s just for tech geeks.
“Connecting students with technology resources and more engaging and fun curricula, as well as adult mentors, are two actions that can have an immediate and powerful impact on professional decision-making,” he said. Tazneen Kasemdirector of CompTIA youth learning programs.
Only 45% of students say they know someone who works in technology. Although an improvement over the previous CompTIA survey on the subject (36%), many young people do not have first-hand knowledge of technology careers. Another worrying indicator is that boys report receiving higher levels of encouragement to consider a technology career than girls. This stimulus gap is among the factors that contribute to reducing the rates of consideration for a technology career among girls.
CompTIA’s “Technology and Career Student Perspectives” study is based on a survey of 1,671 teens from Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom i United States. The full report is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/research/student-perspectives-of-technology-and-careers.
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