Technology plays a key role in every business sector – from science, to health care, the environment, engineering, the arts, our social activities and of course, business. Thanks to constant innovation, the uses of technology continue to expand. As a result, the nature and variety of tech-related careers is expanding too. It’s all very exciting, but it can also be confusing when trying to figure out how to incorporate technology into the careers they want in the future, not only for students, but also for teachers, parents and for guidance counsellors as well.
Today’s tech careers are interesting, inspiring, and creative. They pay well and are in high demand.
The problem is that young people are not choosing academic paths to these careers. Only 12 per cent of high school students in Canada plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, and among these, few are taking the necessary academic prerequisites.
The goal of ITAC Talent’s CareerMash program is to provide easy-to-understand, interactive information that helps high school students explore today’s tech-related careers which “mash” information and communications technology (ICT) with anything they can imagine – from the arts and medicine, to the environment and business – the sky is the limit!
Our partners include school boards, universities, colleges, industry associations and governments as well as major employers.
Established in 2011, CareerMash has been spreading the word about the endless possibilities of today’s tech careers.
Career decisions start early in life, often during high school, but why are so few students choosing tech careers?
Often students view tech jobs as boring, poorly paid and not secure. For others, the technical nature and the rapid pace of change makes the field seem complicated and hard to understand. Additionally, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents often lack the information they need to help young people make informed career decisions that include tech-related careers or that highlight how technology would be incorporated into their dream jobs.
As a result, only five per cent of all ICT jobs are currently held by young people below the age of 25, compared to 14 per cent in the overall economy. Our role is to help to demystify and set the record straight.
Today’s tech-related careers combine information and digital technologies with anything a student can be passionate about – whether it’s video gaming or sports. The options are endless.
The reality is that these types of opportunities pay well and the unemployment rate in tech jobs is typically around 2%, which is less than half the national average, while unemployment for youth overall is consistently much higher.
A career in ICT could very well be the secure and fun opportunity you’ve been looking for! Take a tour at careermash.ca. Your future starts now!