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Thursday, November 04, 2021

Young People Get Their Knowledge of Tech From TV, Not School

Young People Get Their Knowledge of Tech Careers From TV, Not School

ZDNet, Liam Tung, August 6, 2021

(Note this is about careers, not the tech itself,   Assume its better defined in the Accenture)

A survey of 1,000 16- to 21-year-olds in the U.K. by consultancy Accenture found movies, TV, and social media—not school—are their main source of knowledge about technology careers. Social media was the leading source for respondents (31%) compared to parents (29%) and teachers (24%), while TV and film were cited by 27% and school by 19%. Meanwhile, 44% of young women said they had good digital skills, versus 40% of young men; yet fewer than 25% felt confident about obtaining a tech job. Accenture's Shaheen Sayed said this "indicates a worrying disconnect between young people, particularly girls, and a changing jobs market." Respondents interested in tech jobs said they would most likely pursue careers in artificial intelligence, data analytics, and cybersecurity, which are the top three subjects in online tech media for now.

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