Developing and maintaining good, up-to-date, functional knowledge and skills of computing and technology is important for our students today, not just to ensure they have the best study skills to make them adaptable and creative in the classroom, but also to provide them with the skills to survive and thrive in the global job market and prepare them for their future careers, many of which may not even exist yet. This is where ideas and career pathfinder resources at techfuturecareers.com can help.
As classroom teachers we often assume that our pupils know their way around technology as ‘digital natives’. Compare the average pupil with the average teacher and the answer is clear… they do. Yet, are your pupils using technology as passive consumers of media, or are they using the tools and skills which will allow them to be creative and innovative users of technology? If it is the latter your pupils may have a bright future as a tech specialist.
This exciting, ever-changing, and specialist digital world of a career in technology is outside the experience of many teachers, and therefore it can be difficult for educators to advise and guide their pupils.
Furthermore, even for the careers and opportunities already in existence, the scope and roles open to tech specialists is often under appreciated, with almost half of tech specialists working in areas outside of traditionally ‘techie’ areas, in sectors as diverse as the arts, finance, the sciences, catering and fashion. The TechFuture website is a superb place for both educators and students to explore possible paths and roles which require technology skills and know-how. The site explores the possibilities for young people and is categorised into sections for 16+, 18+ and 21+ with relevant information, advice and ideas for each age group looking to go into a tech career.
The site is supported by a diverse set of companies and organisations who together have provided a set of resources, tools, media and information to guide pupils and their teachers through the basics and it is designed with those who have little idea about what is needed and how to gain a job in tech. The website will guide future employees towards their dream digital job with advice on the routes available, including information and advice about studying at higher education and/or workplace training opportunities and apprenticeships.
Whether your pupils simply show promise with digital technology, or are actively seeking careers in tech, TechFuture Careers is the perfect place to explore the multitude of exciting and rewarding possibilities open to them and to help you, as an educator, to be better informed about the tech future that awaits.
This article was originally featured in the April 2016 edition of UKEdMagazine, as a featured promotion provided by TechFuture Careers. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/TechFutureCareers