They’re probably one of the most technologically adept generations ever but Zers are still concerned about their future work lives and whether education is giving them the right grounding to thrive in a future career.
To wit; 92% are concerned about starting work and only half (56%) rank their education as good or excellent at preparing them for their future.
However, most are excited about the prospect of working in a high-tech field and most see a future working with technology, 73% want to work with cutting edge technology and 83% say that the type of technology offered by a company would be a deciding factor in choosing between similar job opportunities.
I don’t know what they’re actually called. This works for me. Every issue I will profile a useful Twit, for you to build up a collection of people to follow. Steve Brophy is Director of ICT and eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar, is the Co-Host of TeachTechPlay and is also Co-Host of the Design and Play podcast Read More
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This is a question you probably haven’t asked me, even in your head. I thought I’d pre-empt the question. The quick answer is: I’m not. I don’t “teach” Science or Maths subjects. I do head up the Technology Department at St James College, and teach Media and PhotoJournalism, Engineering and Design along with my DigiTech load. Read More
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