There is a sense that technology education has always been playing catch up in Ireland, and a new piece of research suggests that this isn’t changing. Although there is a proposal for introducing a coding element to the computer syllabus, there’s still a very long way to go with no clear defined national strategy in this area.
The problem is that technology changes much more quickly than any other subject area, people in the workplace have to adapt all the time. However without a very dynamic and clear strategy it’s easy to get left behind. A research team at Oxford University recently analysed more than 700 different occupations to see how many of them could be automated. The conclusions were startling with an estimated 47% of jobs being at risk simply from technological developments over the next two decades.
The study didn’t just highlight the obvious manual jobs either, many of these roles were high paid, professional roles like accountants, lawyers and doctors. This is why it’s essential that any population has high technology skills in order to be adaptable to the requirements of a modern day workplace. This is simply not happening in Ireland and registered Irish Ip addresses where the gap in technology skills and requirements is growing everyday.
Although children are adept at using technology in their everyday lives, their knowledge is often limited to users. Many of us may use things VPNs like this page illustrates, but how many of us really understand the technology that we’re using. It’s all very well for an Irish citizen to use a VPN to access the BBC or ITV from Ireland, but do they understand the core components of such devices? The problem is that our core education and curriculum is still being taught as if we were in the 20th century.
The future employment markets will be centered around people who have high reasoning and creative skills, such tasks are normally something that computers can’t manage well. The area of ‘thought’ that is resistant to computer based automation is ironically called ‘computational thinking’.
Many big firms and higher education establishments feel that computational thinking is the fundamental skill which will be required by everyone in the modern world. It’s the skill that build on automation and allows humans to maximise their potential by utilising their creativity whilst machines grind out the mundane.