Survey shows poor information on career opportunities is costing students jobs
Nearly half of young people are missing out on career opportunities due to a lack of information from schools and universities, and despite having the skills employers want, according to a new survey by CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the information technology (IT) industry. CompTIA surveyed more than 1,000 students to understand what motivates them. The survey is part of a drive to address the huge skills gap in IT and technology careers. The new research reveals that 41 percent of students do not feel well-informed about the range of careers open to them. Only 13 percent feel their education institutions have fully equipped them to make career decisions. Overall, the research highlights a lack of understanding of the routes into IT and technology careers and what they involve. Respondents in the CompTIA survey want schools and universities to do a lot more to help them understand career options: • 55 percent want information integrated into school lessons about what careers different subjects can lead to • 61 percent feel they need more information about careers other than those directly related to their field of study • 51 percent want better careers advice at school or university. CompTIA has launched a Facebook page for students who think they are motivated, educated and missing out, and interested in exploring whether IT might be a career for them: http://www.facebook.com/ITCareersUK
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Through its foundation, CompTIA also enables disadvantaged populations to gain the skills they need for employment in the IT industry. CompTIA’s vision of the IT landscape is shaped by more than 25 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/comptia. Download the full press release here.