Generation Z youth see no future in jobs in the IT market. In a survey carried out in June, the British data analysis firm Exasol interviewed 1,000 people aged between 16 and 21 years. The bottom line: 49% of digital natives don’t think about having a career in the data science field. The majority (51%) are not familiar with industry jargon, such as “data literacy”.
Generation Z doesn’t know IT professional jargon
The IT market in Brazil and worldwide faces a shortage of professionals. Companies demand too much from a professional, and this has been scaring a younger generation of professionals.
In Exasol’s assessment, the lack of familiarity with data science jargon demonstrates a “disconnect between the language used by digital natives and the business terms used by recruiters to advertise IT job openings, leading the young person not to consider data science as a professional career”.
One of the problems in the data science field is not making the professional world attractive enough by using a language that distances more than brings young people together. Peter Jackson, Executive Director of Technology at Exasol, commented:
“Ten years ago, there was a demand for data scientists thanks to their ability to overcome business organization challenges due to market growth. Today, this demand for data scientists and data engineers is triple that of 2013”.
Women in IT are less confident, says Accenture
Another survey that highlights the lack of perspective of Generation Z in the IT market was carried out by the consultancy Accenture, in the United Kingdom. In this one, only 24% of the young people interviewed feel confident that they will be able to keep jobs in the technology area. But almost half acknowledge that the demand for such professionals is greater due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women in Technology are the group most affected by discouragement about staying in business: Accenture revealed that they have more digital skills than men — 44% versus 40% respectively — but less confidence — 20% versus 29%.
Another survey, by Girls do Code, reveals that the hole is lower: this distrust starts in high school, where 54% of girls show interest in technology and in the areas of science, such as math and chemistry. However, only 0.54% of them end up pursuing a career in the field.
“If the digital native generation isn’t thinking of technology as a career option, then we have a huge bottleneck for the profession,” says Shaheen Sayed, Accenture’s senior management director for the UK and Ireland.
70% of Generation Z want IT jobs with home office
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light an interest of young people thinking about becoming IT professionals: the hybrid work modality.
A survey by Kettle, a technology company that makes software for businesses, says that 65% of Generation Z young people consider it essential to offer a hybrid work model to accept a job. Being able to work from home, even while carrying out some tasks at the office, has become a preference for 70% when looking for a job in the IT area.
No wonder 2 out of 3 young people who responded to Kettle say the hybrid work model is good for mental health. Half conclude that they can resign from a job if the company does not offer this flexibility, which is common in times of pandemic.
It’s really amazing that a digital generation, who lives connected to social networks and electronic devices, is not used to thinking about careers related to technology. But Exasol’s research reveals that many of Generation Z possess other skills that are important to the IT market today: the so-called soft skills.
These skills are more related to behavior and communication. The latter is what most respondents (32%) want to develop in their professional lives.
With information: ZDNet