Young people need to hone their digital skills for future proof careers

From the omnipresence and influence of social media to the addition of coding to the school curriculum, it’s clear that digital skills are no longer just nice to have on your CV. Digital is increasingly becoming the bread and butter of everything we do; it’s how we communicate, how we consume our news, how we shop and how we entertain ourselves.

But it’s not just the scale and pace of the digital revolution that makes it exciting; it’s also the fact that it’s being democratised. No longer reserved for IT departments and tech companies, digital is becoming a critical part of every industry and is opening up opportunities across sectors, whether it’s top surgeons video linking into operating theatres from abroad or targeted mobile advertising based on clothes you’re trying on in real time.

What’s clear is that technology now refers to a new world of exciting opportunities, especially for young people, who have a key role to play in the evolution of our digital economy. As the first generation to have grown up with the internet, they possess the native digital talent that others simply don’t. This is an asset that can’t be overstated, and young people should be doing everything they can to develop and showcase these skills to employers and businesses.

With school and university summer holidays in full swing, now is the time to be thinking about how to hone those natural digital skills and get the experience that will turn your CV into one no employer can refuse, whether they’re in technology and science or art and fashion. Here are some top pick initiatives specifically designed to help you do just that: Get the skills Code clubs are a great way of getting a fast-track introduction to the world of coding – whether you want to start a business, get a head start before the changes to the new curriculum set in or simply see what all the fuss is about. Groups such as Coder Dojo,Code Club, and Young Rewired State run events all over the UK (and beyond) with the sole aim of getting more young people up to speed on coding.

As well as giving you a deeper understanding of how coding works, it will also put you one step ahead of your fellow applicants and show potential employers that you’re hungry to learn. And it’s not just coding. There are also programmes designed to match digitally skilled young people with jobs. Fluency, for example, is a digital jobs marketplace, which teaches young people the skills they need before introducing them to the right businesses. Learn from others Attending events is also a great way of networking, hearing about new opportunities and learning new things. The Think Big Hub opened in London’s Hoxton Square last year, and offers a flexible workspace for young people to come and develop their coding and digital skills, as well as careers and employability training. This summer, for example, the Think Big Hub is hosting various workshops, including sessions on digital business skills and how to start a social action project. We’ll also be holding masterclasses, where employees from nearby technology startups share their pearls of wisdom with aspiring entrepreneurs.

Businesses up and down the country are crying out for people with the right digital talent. This talent sits squarely within the young generation. It’s therefore critical that young people do all they can to make the most of these skills, tapping into all the opportunities the summer has to offer, and use this to show employers the value they can bring – not just to their businesses but to the future of the UK economy as a whole.

Source :https://www.theguardian.com/careers/young-people-need-hone-digital-skill... (The Guardian )

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