What kind of education is really needed for a career in technology?
To mark A-levels results day in the UK last week, Education Technology produced a great blog post with various industrial figures commenting about what results can mean for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students and for the future of the tech industry.
Despite the UK being short of 40,000 STEM graduates each year, it seems that the five contributors agree that simply getting more students involved in these subject areas isn’t enough to properly prepare them for the workplace of the future. In fact, Colin Bannister- EMEA VP and head of presales at VMware, comments that because of the rapid pace of developments in industry, it’s likely that tech skills learnt in STEM subject could become outdated within just a few years. Other contributors therefore highlight the importance of soft skills and data literacy for all future employees, so that they have abilities to work with others and to make meaningful discoveries in their data.
Alongside these soft skills and data literacy, diversity within the workforce is also key. “The tech sector in the UK is as vibrant because of the diversity of expertise and backgrounds of its employees.” So whatever A-level results are achieved in whichever subjects, careers in technology remain an option for those determined to succeed.
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