‘Generation of Things’ aspires to careers in IT

Jobs in IT and technology the top career choices for 13-17 year olds who want to launch their own business, finds Logicalis report

A connected "generation of things" has arrived, according to a report from Logicalis UK.

The Has The Generation of Things Arrived? report surveyed 1,100 13-17 year olds nationwide, as part of the seventh Realtime Generation report.

Conducted by ResearchBods, the survey claims to have found a generation in control of its data security, privacy and digital rights and are preparing for the internet of things (IoT).

The survey found the average UK teenager uses five devices per day, engaging in six hours of digital activity.

Those questioned said they expect 3D printing (80%), self-health monitoring (69%), delivery drones (42%), and holographic tech (43%) to be in everyday use by 2024.

However, 75% of students said they want more technology in lessons and 34% said improvements are needed in the IT curriculum.

Those who are learning to code doubled in numbers from last year to 16%, and 40% of students who are not yet learning would like to.

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Some 60% said they want to work for themselves or start a business, and 88% believe entrepreneurship should be added to the curriculum.

ICT is now considered one of the top subject choices for the students, along with Maths and English.

IT and technology came out as the top career choice, up from fourth position last year. Some 44% of boys and 14% of girls said they aspire to careers in technology.

Only 7% are planning for an apprenticeship, whereas 78% aim to join further education.

Chris Gabriel, co-author of the report at Logicalis UK, said: “The statistics show Realtimers understand the value of their digital skills and plan to use them. Two-thirds say they’ll build the technology they want for work themselves.

“Forget how ‘millennials’ introduced BYOD into the workplace – can enterprises harness a workforce that will create and dictate their own working environments?”

Gabriel said the report also questions whether service organisations can match this generation’s consumer mindset on security, data protection and privacy: “It seems both the public and private sector will need to step up transparency, personalisation and big data strategies, and make service reward outweigh security risk if they’re to convince these consumers to part with their personal information.”

Other survey findings

  • 86% of the students questioned said they own smartphones, 68% said tablets and 6% owned wearables;
  • 70% expect to be able to control their first home remotely, with 60% welcoming driverless cars;
  • 82% said biometrics – iris scanning and vein identification – will be common practice in 15 years;
  • 59% said they would be comfortable using biometric technology now;
  • 62% said they distrust social media platforms and believe organisations should work hard for their personal data;
  • As future employees, 79% of the students said businesses will have to update IT and flexible working practices;
  • 77% were found to understand the "right to be forgotten" and 50% said they had reported offensive online behaviour;
  • 74% said they believe adults underestimate their online resilience.

Gabriel added: “Realtimers aspire to a digital, data-centric, connected future, but they hold the cards to the data ownership and sharing that drives this.

“Whilst this generation can bring significant value to the economy, UK government and business must nurture these digital skills and evolve services alongside them. As we see digital footprints grow smarter, and entering the IoT, organisations must act now to keep pace.”

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