Gone are the days when school information technology lessons revolved simply around learning to use Microsoft, Word, Excel and Power Point, facilitating the use of computers as a tool for communication, presenting and recording information. Children are now surrounded by computers and technology as part of their learning across the whole curriculum from such a young age, so much so, that these skills are almost learned by osmosis with little need to appear on a prescribed syllabus.
The technology, gaming, robotics, music, retail and manufacturing industries need schools to address the education and development of a talent pool with the right key skills to supplement a projected shortfall in the future. In a move to recognise this, Computer Science becomes part of the curriculum from this September involving pupils in learning to programme computers through code. Instead of teaching children to use software, the new syllabus will teach them to write it.
Knowledge of computer language through coding is something that can be started at a young age. Synonymous with learning another language like French or Spanish, not everyone will take to programming with such a passion that they wish to work in this field in the future. However, understanding even the basics of how computer coding works, alongside an ability to use critical, logical and analytical thinking to solve a problem, will be of great benefit in the wider job market. For example, an ability to write website code, use databases for analysis or understanding how Apps work, enhances the employability of anyone seeking to work in sales and marketing. Those with entrepreneurial ambitions to set up and grow their own business will use these skills on a day-to-day basis. At some exciting point in the future, they have potential to lead to the development of the next big idea, resulting in global recognition and financial success.
With the potential to take the subject further through university study, it is hard to believe that any successful graduate in Computer Science or the extensive range of related subjects will ever be unemployed. Perhaps encouraging your youngster to take an interest in this area now, may be a smart move towards achieving your aspirations for them securing a good job and hence financial independence in future.