Learning to code has been trendy for a while. There are numerous free resources on the internet for those who want to teach themselves to program apps, robots etc. But why is everyone trying to convince us to learn how to code? Well, the reason is simple: companies need more workers with these skills. So, what does this mean for teens and young adults planning their next step?
Since the beginning of 2012, I have noted an increasing number of news and articles either lamenting the present situation where there simply are not enough ICT professionals to fill in all advertised positions, or calling for governmental action to change the present situation.
In Ireland, John Kennedy writes that “some 5,000 jobs have been created in the ICT sector so far this year and the industry claims it is struggling to fill some 2,000 vacancies”. Meanwhile, in Australia some 12,000 jobs in communications and technology are expected to be vacant in early 2013 – while the number of graduates completing ICT courses is expected to be a mere third of that number, or around 4,700.
These numbers are significant, especially at times of financial crisis when people in general struggle finding jobs. The fact that there is big number of jobs available for ICT-skilled people is, however, not very surprising, especially considering that digital technologies have infiltrated all aspects of our lives. As noted by Tom Kenyon, digital technologies go well beyond our smartphones. Today, digital technologies can be found in domains ranging from finance, cutting edge medicine and engineering to entertainment. Kenyon points out that “even day-to-day physical objects from cars to fridges are becoming digital devices”.
So, if you are in the situation where you are thinking of what career to choose, and you enjoy working with computers, then this is good news for you. By either learning the needed skills by yourself (you can start here) or in a more conventional school environment, you will quickly be in a situation where you actually will be wanted by tens of companies who are willing to offer you a generous compensation for your efforts.To be in this situation in the 21st century is a luxury. For instance in Canada, but also elsewhere, the situation for young professionals in non-ICT professions is much bleaker.
Of course, there are many other good reasons to why you should study ICT. Nonetheless, if you are one of those who likes being able to afford the latest gadgets such as iPads, iPhones, Wii U, 70″ Plasma TVs, and so on, then knowing that your job is in demand and well-paid is of great importance.
This guest blog post was written by Viktor Weckman (@vweckman on Twitter)
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