Many young unemployed Australians see technology as taking away job opportunities. However, digital development is also providing new opportunities.
Finding a job is tougher than ever, and this is reflected in the simply unacceptable levels of youth unemployment that we have in Australia. As of December 2016, more than 13 per cent of our nation’s workers between the ages of 15 and 24 were without a job, according to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. With so many struggling to find work, the situation can get pretty disheartening, and this is reflected in the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey.
The survey found that barely one out of every 10 young Aussies believe they will be as financially secure as their parents, with the difficulty of finding employment often blamed on new technologies that have been gnawing away at traditional industries. But could there be a silver lining to this paradigm shift?
Is technology threatening jobs?
In short, yes, but only certain jobs in certain sectors. 37 per cent of Australians consider technology a major threat to their chances of securing employment, and while this is undoubtedly true in certain fields such as manufacturing, there is a significant upside as well. This is the rapid increase in IT&T-related positions, which include everything from software development to project management and communications. Even areas that aren’t explicitly related to IT&T but which support it – such as sales – are booming, providing new positions that can be filled by eager and talented young Aussies.
In fact, many areas of the IT&T industry are experiencing shortages in key roles. Rather than viewing this as a problem, the team at Talent RISE see it as an opportunity. With more technologically skilled employees required and a need for new employment opportunities amongst Australian youth, providing education and training can help solve both problems at once.
The potential of IT&T education
Connecting talented employees with companies is what we do here at Talent. We’ve also joined forces with a variety of different youth support organisations to provide education around new technologies, as well as access to tools such as computers and equipment. Our partnership with WorkVentures, Australia’s oldest and most established not-for-profit supporting IT training, is one example. Through programs like this, the power of new technologies can be a powerful tool for change, providing new and better positions that can lower our national youth unemployment rate.
Anybody in the IT&T sector can get involved with our mission. If you’re a company with equipment to donate, or an experienced employee with knowledge to share, get in touch with Talent RISE today to make a difference.