In any given quarter, more than 500,000 tech-based jobs are going unfilled, and most employers point to a lack of qualified candidates as the reason why. On top of that, studies have shown the number of openings is projected to grow, especially in the critical field of cybersecurity.
A survey by CompTIA, one of the world’s largest technology associations and parent organization of Creating IT Futures, revealed that nearly half of 600 IT and business executives polled said skills shortcomings within their organizations are a big problem and the “skills gap” had grown substantially in recent years.
In the inaugural episode of Creating IT Futures’ Technologist Talk with Charles Eaton podcast, Eaton addresses the tech skills gap and sets the stage for how parents can help prepare the next generation of IT workers.
“Every single country is looking at this issue...lots of need for tech jobs, and not as many people interested in exploring those as we’ll need in the long run,” Eaton says.
A father to four children ranging from middle school to working age, Eaton reveals how his kids inspired him to write “A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education.” And, as school curriculum tends to lag behind the latest innovations, he explains the important role parents have in encouraging their children’s interests and cultivating a lifelong love of learning.
“It's one of the beautiful things about working in technology. There will always be new things to learn,” he says.
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