National Careers Week – Digital Literacy

Becoming digitally literate is more and more important for an increasing number of careers.

It is estimated that 90% of UK jobs require some level of IT competency. Therefore by not learning key digital skills you could be pushing yourself out of the already competitive race to gain sustainable employment.

The government has introduced computing into the 2014 curriculum with a heavier emphasis on computer science.

“The curriculum, which has been praised by industry leaders including Google and Facebook, aims to ensure that children as young as five have practical experience of designing and writing computer programs, and that they can understand the fundamental principles of computer science.” Telegraph.

“It is therefore vital that the new curriculum not only inspires more young people to pursue careers in computing, but also provides them with the skills to make a smooth transition into the world of work.” Telegraph.

Learning computing from a young age can also help to reduce the gender stereotypes associated with careers in the IT industry and can inspire more girls to pursue this industry as a realistic career option.

Part of being digitally literate is being aware of the digital footprint that you leave online.

There are increasing numbers of stories in the media of a Tweet, Facebook comment or YouTube video that was intended to be seen by a small number of people, going viral and causing damaging effects in terms of reputation and employability, that have lasting consequences.

Even Tweets and comments posted from years ago can be brought up to impact negatively on people’s careers. Students need to be aware they have now have an ‘online life’ and how damaging this can be if used inappropriately.

To read our ‘Your online career life’ blog post, please click here.

However, when used in a responsible way social media can improve your employability and is now becoming one of the best places to find jobs, network with other employees and showcase your skills and experiences.

Many believe that the new curriculum and coding in particular is a great move in the right direction “towards the bigger, more useful, more embracing, and more valuable goal of digital literacy.” Year of Code to digital literacy.

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