It’s as natural as breathing to most teenagers, but how do they make a career out of it?
I’m talking, of course, about social media and digital technology in general.
More than 84,000 Scots currently work in digital tech roles and more than 1,000 companies are active in software development and services, digital agencies work, games development and telecommunications.
But how do you find your way to one of these fascinating and frequently lucrative roles?
A former colleague of mine who is ICT and Digital Sector Technologies Sector Manager at Skills Development Scotland has the answer.
Claire Gillespie says, “The tech industry is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving sectors in Scotland and there’s a whole range of industries, from fashion to music, that rely on digital and technology professionals to underpin what they do.
“Our digital technology sector has great potential to grow even further in years to come, so I’m delighted with the advent of a new website www.digitalworld.net, which shines a light on the many opportunities on offer.”
The Scottish Technology Industry Survey 2016 reveals the digital tech sector experienced strong growth in 2015, but that this success is creating a skills shortage.
There are numerous college and university courses out there to help young people step into the fold, but, as Yoda once said, ‘choose wisely young padawan’!”
The new website is packed with all manner of advice and intelligence including several excellent case studies on young people and the various paths they’ve taken to successful careers in digital tech.
Indeed, so keen are employers to recruit talented young people to the cause that the site also provides details of coder clubs in locations such as Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Peebles to help children as young as nine develop their skills.
Claire continues, “The areas where we are likely to be seeing growth in jobs are around things like cyber security, ethical hacking, big data and data analytics, so if there are any budding young sleuths out there with an interest in computing employers would love to hear from them.
“Equally, artificial intelligence and robotics are no longer the stuff of sci-fi. Scotland needs another David Gow – inventor of the pioneering Edinburgh Modular Arm System – now!”
Start your voyage of discovery at www.digitalworld.net