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October 3, 2017

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Younger Children more interested in technology careers than teens

 

"Closing the skills gap means working at the problem from multiple directions.   A study by Nominet and Parent Zone provides some excellent insights into how younger children feel about technology careers.  The challenge around the world is to find ways to keep them engaged because the other side of the research indicates that interest goes down through the teen years.

 

In September 2014, the UK government made it mandatory for children between 4 and 16 to learn computing in school.  I wonder if this has had an impact on the findings of this report?"  Susan Dineen 

 

Younger children are more interested in a career in technology than their older teenage counterparts who become disaffected as they grow older

 

Children lose interest in technology careers as they reach their late teenage years.

A study by firms Nominet and Parent Zone found 77% of children aged of 11 to 12 are more inspired by IT and would like a career in it, as opposed to only 63% at the ages of 17 to 18.

 

Development careers most interested children between the ages of 11 to 18, with almost a quarter wanting to be a games developer, 13% wanting a career in apps development and 12.6% aspiring to be a web developer.


Many believe that parents greatly influence the career choices of their children, with a most children asking their parents for career advice.

Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone, claimed children and especially young women can be put off of careers in technology if their parents advise them to look elsewhere.  Read the whole article

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