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IT related career pathways beyond school

The world our youth inherits is influenced by; climate change, population change automation/technology, pressure on environments, land and resources, as well as technological developments that see a billion-fold increase in computers and computational processing, high-speed mobile Internet, cloud technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, augmented and virtual reality, robotics and electronics, including the Internet of Things. Because of rapidly advancing technological trends, we are globally facing a jobs revolution. What will New Zealand look like in 2037? 



AI robotic SandyIn purely quantitative terms, 75 million current job roles may be displaced by the shift in the division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms, while 133 million new job roles may emerge at the same time.


Growing occupations include roles such as Data Analysts, Software and Applications Developers and E-commerce and Social Media Specialists – jobs that are significantly based on, and enhanced by, the use of technology. However, also expected to grow are job roles based on distinctively ‘human' traits, such as Customer Service Workers, Sales and Marketing Professionals, Training and Development, People and Culture, and Organizational Development Specialists as well as Innovation Managers. 5 things to know about the future of jobs. This also means a shift in skills demand in the workforce (see image below). Future of jobs report 2018, World Economic Forum (PDF). 



Changes to the National Curriculum mean our students can learn about digital technologies. The aim is for students to develop broad technological knowledge, practices and dispositions that will equip them to participate in society as informed citizens and provide a platform for technology-related careers. Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum 2017 (PDF, 354 KB, P.1) Learning for senior students opens up pathways that can lead to technology-related careers. Students may access workplace learning opportunities available in a range of industries or move on to further specialised tertiary study. Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum 2017 (PDF, 354 KB, P.5)


Increasingly, secondary schools are offering a variety of learning opportunities that open-up tech related career pathways add options in NZQA, NZCEA and in the Tech Talks showcase (part of Tech Week), and now our young people are demonstrating just how skilled they are using digital technologies to solve everyday problems in their communities. 


The Ministry of Education in partnership with the IT industry has launched Tahi Rua Toru Tech challenge - an exciting new digital technology championship, open to all New Zealand students (Yr 1-13), while TechHub in schools programme is a free programme where skilled IT professionals enthuse both avid and not-so-sure students about the diverse opportunities a career in IT offers. STEM and girlsIn some cases, communities are making connections between study at school and tech career pathways for school leavers, for example, Summer of Tech is offering internships for entry level IT and design roles for tertiary students. For more links to IT related jobs database, skills and subject matchers, see Careers.govt.nz and Youth Guarantee Vocational Pathways. Also see Techhub for IT related careers advice and support. 


What conversations are you having with your senior students about learning opportunities at school and potential vocational pathways in tech and IT? Are there initiatives you are introducing to help make links between subject matching and potential career options?


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Image sources: Women in STEM Introducing Girls to Engineering, Publicdomainfiles.comAI for GOOD Global Summit, ITU Pictures, Flickr


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 12 Feb 2020 3:08pm ()

    Kia ora koutou, here are some e-magazines on Careers with STEM (Australian) that might be worth subscribing to sharing with your secondary students. Very inspiring way to see how the skills and knowledge we learn at school in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths help prepared our students take up roles in a variety of employment opportunities.

    This latest issue celebrates diversity in science – whether it’s highlighting the need for inclusiveness or non-traditional career pathways. We feature 35 men and women in science careers helping us do everything from solve crimes to fight climate change, and to be more sustainable, safe and efficient in both farming and resource extraction.

    Check out more online #CareersWithSTEM

    Any other great resources to share with secondary students about career pathways in STEM and/or IT?

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