A study from the Institute for the Future claims around 85 percent of jobs in 2030 haven’t yet been invented. But, how can you prepare for a career if you don’t know what your job will be? Annie Andrews, Head of Technology at Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent, is here to give you some advice.
Consider today’s UX designers or app developers as an example. Just a few decades ago, their jobs didn’t exist — at least not in the quantity they do today. These professionals probably didn’t predict they would spend their working days developing apps, coding and programming, mainly because these practices didn’t enter the mainstream until more recently.
Today’s scenario is similar. However, there’s plenty today’s youth can be doing now to prepare for their future careers.
There’s a huge world of resources available for young people today and learning how to code is a great place to start developing technical skills for the future.
In fact, help can come from some unexpected places. For example, some banks are running coding courses either at schools or in branch. Lloyds Banking Group, for example, has partnered with
codeclub.org.uk, to get young people excited about coding across the UK. Schools and organisations can start their own after school coding club with the help of volunteers.
But, don’t worry if there isn’t a coding club at your school, college and organisations. There’s nothing stopping you from trying out a project like Robo-Boogie on codeclub.org.uk from the comfort of your own home. This is a hilarious dancing robot that does some crazy moves, using the power of your coding ability.
There are many resources for out there you to pick and choose from, but it does rely on personal proactivity and curiosity. Keep reading up on and looking out at what is happening in the world. Curo Talent is sending Microsoft technical experts into selected UK schools, to make sure everyone is talking about IT and technology and sharing interests and thoughts on the subject.
Annie started her career in Microsoft training and consultancy, covering both programming and systems engineering. From here, she was a technical lead with many other technologies during her later positions at Lloyds Banking Group, where she held the role of Chief Subject Matter Expert. Now, Annie works as Head of Technology at Curo Talent, where it’s her job to spot upcoming Microsoft trends and communicate this across the company.
Did you think her job existed when she was at school? (Hint, it didn’t!)
Annie Andrews – Head of Technology – Curo Talent