It’s encouraging that so much of the world has moved into the digital era: more opportunities for more people, to make a start into areas that are themselves new and fresh and unexplored. To think: there are people alive today who don’t know what a life without the internet is even like. Yet, what’s surprising is how so many young people are not actually interested directly in careers about IT.
As ZDNet reports:
“At least seven in 10 IT-related job openings went begging this year, a new study shows. Looking forward into the year ahead, it appears demand will be strongest for information security skills, along with administrative and development abilities.”
It’s so bad that nine in ten cybersecurity jobs were unfilled.
These are key careers, that are beneficial to everyone – and can mean a financially stable life for those who manage to acquire them. The issue here isn’t one of competition but scarcity: so often, the problem with employment is that there are too few jobs for too many candidates. Yet, in the IT jobs sector at least, there are too many jobs without any candidates at all.
The question is: what’s happening? How can the world be having a crisis of employment, yet there also are jobs that have no one fulfilling them?
This is confirmed when we examine it from the other end and question young people themselves.
As PayScale notes, while more young people are comfortable and skilled with modern technology, only a small percentage express interest in technology careers, according to a recent study. Ninety-six percent of people aged 13 to 24 say “they like or love technology”, but “less than 20 percent say they’d be interested in an IT career.”
The reason for this is not entirely surprising. Using their own data, PayScale notes the reason:
“Not every Software Engineer will wind up developing world-changing technology. Maybe that’s why, according to our job survey data, only 29 percent of Computer Software Engineers report that their job has high meaning. In fact, less than 50 percent of the people working as either Computer Support Specialists or Network & Computer System Administrators find high meaning in their jobs.
“More than a paycheck, millennials are concerned with their jobs having a greater sense of meaning and impacting culture.”
Few people do not want to change the world or have an impact on that change. Yet, you would think that young people would recognise technology is precisely what does change the world; that, though there are faces to great changes, it’s never one person alone, but all those who helped create paths for this person to succeed. Of course, it makes sense: and Millennial’s concerns are no different to any other generation – that they’ve grown up with advanced tech is no different.
Though it is sad that more young people aren’t interested in IT, it is understandable. Let’s hope we can convince them to change – since some of us aren’t going to be here forever.