Students want to learn to code, but the school system is an obstacle

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Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our daily lives, even the way students view the job market. A search study conducted by KX, a UK-based software company, shows that 49% of 16-24 year olds in the UK consider coding languages ​​to be more or equally valuable than foreign language skills in fostering job prospects. future careers.

Students’ desire to code is driven by their aspiration for better jobs. In the UK, knowing how to code leads to 60% better job opportunities and 45% higher salaries, according to a survey of 1,000 students.

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“It is encouraging to see that students in the UK consider coding and data analysis skills to be important for their future career success,” says Kathy Schneider, Marketing Director at KX. “With the continued digitization of nearly every industry, these skills will be fundamental to the growth and development of individuals and economies.”

British students are adapting to the changing times and have taken the initiative to learn to code. Almost a third (29%) of UK students have taken or plan to take a course in data analytics or data science, and 24% said the same for computational intelligence.

The tech industry job market is growing steadily, especially in the face of the skills shortages that have plagued the industry. Last month, hundreds of nonprofits, universities, and tech giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and Meta partnered with Code, a tech education nonprofit, to include opportunities to learn computer science in schools and reduce the shortage.

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A recent UK government report found that strengthening and supporting digital ecosystems could add an additional £41.5 billion to the economy by 2025 and support 678,000 new jobs – highlighting the importance of prioritizing data skills and coding in schools. And yet, nearly 43% of students surveyed by KX said a barrier to them learning to code was lack of access to education.

When asked how learning a coding language compares to a foreign language in terms of improving career prospects, 29% of students said that speaking a foreign language and having computer programming skills were equally valuable for their careers, while a third said foreign languages ​​were more important. and 20% said coding. Only 11% thought neither was important.

“We have a responsibility to create a sufficient pipeline in schools and universities, to influence governments and education bodies to modernize curricula and to ensure that career guidance aligns with the needs of industry. Employers must also adapt and create a culture of continuous learning,” said Daniel Baker, head of evangelism at KX.

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