To help young people make informed choices about their future, we’ve teamed up with people working in technology and asked them to share their experiences and insight to help demystify different career and education pathways. If you know young people who are excited by technology and interested in where it could take them, the resources below can help.
Did you know there are fantastic career prospects for those who take up computer science? The salaries are excellent too, because there are not enough people to do these jobs. You could turn your passion into a job in the gaming industry or fashion. What about social media marketing – maybe promoting a good cause? Or if you want to keep the bad guys at bay – try cyber security. Plus, in health you could end up using AI in cutting-edge research. There’s also banking, engineering and architecture -the list is endless. Many jobs that will exist in 2030 haven't been invented yet, but computer science skills will keep you ahead of the curve.
We’re speaking to people who have taken all different paths, such as degrees, apprenticeships and internships so you can find out about different options for education and training too. During these sessions we chat with people who have chosen a career in IT, to find out about what they do, and their experiences.
This leaflet outlines possible job roles and career pathways for this subject area.
You can also discover more with the following:
Here's a summary of some of the great advice that has been shared so far:
"Do what you enjoy"
If you make choices based on what you enjoy then your passion will come through and, ultimately, you’ll be happier. If you don’t know what you enjoy yet then have a go at lots of different things. Will, Science and Technology Facilities Council told us, “If you’re interested in doing stuff don’t worry about what other people think, try things out at home if you can. There are things you can do online with a web browser, like coding online or setting up your own server at home.”
"There’s no need to have it all planned out"
If you already know what you want to do in the future, that’s great. If you’re in the majority and aren’t sure yet then don’t worry. You don’t need a plan in order to be successful. Ruby from Microsoft commented, “Don’t try to decide what you want to do with your career too early on in life, I was pretty set that I wanted to be a physio from when I was 14 or 15 and because I didn’t think about anything else I had such a set mindset that that’s what I wanted to do, I potentially restricted myself and didn’t look at the options into IT for example earlier on in life so I would just say keep open minded.”
"Learning and problem solving are key skills"
When choosing your next steps, have confidence in yourself. Don’t worry that you don’t know enough about a certain topic or subject. The key is being passionate and open to learning. Nobody can ever know it all, especially with technology because things change so fast! Laura from Microsoft says, “Remember there’s no expectation to know everything, that’s what it’s all about really, the learning and how to implement it.”
Be open to new ideas, new ways of doing things and new opinions. A thirst for knowledge and experiences will grow your knowledge and skills. Natasha from John Lewis advises, “Be really curious about stuff and don’t worry about making a mistake or failing because you can always learn from something that didn’t go well. So always try and see the flip side of something not going brilliantly, how can I learn something from that experience.”
See a chance to do some work experience, shadowing, or to find out more about a company? Go for it! Amber from Google says, “Take every opportunity. Throw yourself into everything, and if you choose to do anything, do it with everything you’ve got. Put 110% in.”
And here you can find the full recordings from the previous sessions:
Other useful Careers Inspiration resources:
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