We’re not hunters and gatherers anymore, that’s for sure.
If you’re a parent of a young, budding mind, it’s time to seriously start thinking about computer science. I know, I know; computers are “poison” for a young mind, it’s important to stay active and outside instead of sitting in front of a computer all day. Yes, this is important, but it’s equally important for young minds to actually be adept at not just using a computer, but to understand the complexities of the coding and hardware that goes into the technology.
It starts with growing up with it. A lot of us learn languages, simple math equations and the basics of history by just growing up and learning them from our parents. As a salesperson at Best Buy, I sell a lot of technology, and one of my favorite things I sold this past holiday season was a computer game designed to teach young children how to code, a game developed by Osmo. It made me realize how different things are now, and how essential this skill is becoming in our society. It’s time for our children to learn computing skills as well as they learn their native language.
Not only will it help prepare their minds for a technologically-driven world, but it will also give them the skills for numerous jobs when they get older. It’s also a skill that we, as a country, desperately need: according to the Computer Science Education Coalition (CSEC), “there are over 500,000 computing jobs currently unfilled in the U.S., [but] only 42,969 computer science students graduated from U.S. universities into the workforce last year.” In a time where it’s common to hear college graduates struggle trying to find jobs, this is a great opportunity for people to take advantage of a budding industry and get involved in a now-essential field.
There are many opportunities around, from internships and startup jobs to careers with some of the most famous names in the software industry, such as Google and Microsoft.
It’s time to roll-back the criticism on computers and tablets being used in grade schools and stop negatively commenting on how times are changing, because in a country always clamoring for jobs, this is a great opportunity for work. All it takes is an open mind and a willingness to accept change.