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Millennial Monthly: Mind the Tech Skills Gap

Posted by Kelly Armstrong on Oct 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

This month, we are taking a small dive into a hot topic: the tech skills gap. For those unaware of what this is, the tech skills gap is defined as the gap between the desired technology skills in the labor market and the current level of skills seen in the technology workforce.Doesn’t sound that frightening, but some of the results of it have led to some big openings in the technology field – for example, as of April 2019, there are approximately 17 percent more job openings in the technology field than available workers in the market.[1]

With a plethora of recent advances at Tech Data, we have been working hard to gather the leadership and tools needed to help close this skills gap and assist in the collaboration and innovation of new and improved technologies. We do this by not only continually training our own internal teams, but by training our own customers, as well.

All this information about this gap brings me to my Millennial perspective for this month – I believe that by continuing to bring in other, new viewpoints (such as Millennial perspectives and those of other generations) and by continuing to educate those we onboard into the technology field, we can effectively close the technical skills gap.

Don't Worry - I Studied for This

The first idea is to bring in fresh faces to look at technology problems differently, and the millennial generation has a great educational track record not only in STEM subjects, but in formal higher education in general, making them a good choice for companies to pursue at this time.

Here are a few numbers to prove my point:

  • Millennials are more involved in STEM than ever before: According to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data, between the years of 2009 and 2017, nearly 1 million students (with over 224,000 alone in 2017) age 25 and over who received bachelor’s degrees majored in computers, math or statistics.[2]
  • Millennials are also the most formally educated generation yet: According to statistics from PEW Research Center, approximately 1 in every 4 Millennial females and 1 in every 5 of Millennial males have college degrees.[3]

With all this in mind, it can be safe to say that Millennials not only show interest in STEM fields, allowing technology companies to garner new, relevant opinions, but they are also one of the most educated generations. This means that companies can dig down easily into higher schools of thought and research with Millennial employees. 

Let the People Learn

Another idea I think we all can get behind is to encourage continuing education in the technology field.

Anyone in the technology field will tell you it is a constantly changing topography of devices, software and engineering innovations; therefore, continuing education at all levels is key for companies to stay in the know. In fact, PEW Research has found that over 87 percent of people believe continued education and training is essential to keep up with changes in the workplace.[4]

Millennials have asked for continuing education, as well. According to a recent article from Forbes, continuing education is joining the ranks of top company perks Millennials desire.[5]

In the end, continuing education is both desired by many and can get technology companies the results they are looking to achieve when it comes to cutting edge innovations.

That’s why at Tech Data, we work to make sure our people have the knowledge they need to be able to function in their job; as technological intricacies grow, Tech Data works to train people up. To see the future of technology that we all desire, whether in security, cloud computing, artificial intelligence or mobility, it needs to be all of our jobs to know what comes next, so we can be ready for whatever the future holds.

To learn more about how we continue to train our employees to excel, visit the Tech Data career page.

About the Author

Kelly Armstrong is a copywriter for TD Agency at Tech Data. Starting her professional technology journey in 2017 in the sales department at Tech Data, she learned about all the great things the company has to offer to help support the future of tech. Now, she uses that knowledge to help others and enthusiastically describe the latest and greatest technologies available to today’s workforce.

 

[1] Linux Academy, April, 2019. See https://www.dailyinfographic.com/understanding-tech-skills-gap.

[2] U.S. Census Bureau. See https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/guidance/subjects.html

[3] PEW Research collected by Suzanne Morrison-Williams, Vice President of Academic Affairs, City College. See https://educationinitiative.thepacificinstitute.com/articles/story/millennials-changing-the-face-of-higher-education1

[4] Pew Social Trends. See https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2016/10/06/the-state-of-american-jobs/

[5] Forbes on July 7, 2019. See https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyhe/2019/08/07/for-younger-workers-old-school-pay-and-perks-are-not-enough/#59730d7f5dce

Tags: Case Study, Education, training, Millennials, Technical Skills, STEM

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