Over 1 in 4 adults (28%) wish they had pursued a career in technology, according to a study from Hotels.com. The research, which polled 2000 people across the UK, reveals that 44% would have liked to work in technology for the expected ‘money’, 41% for the ‘intellectual challenge’ and 30% for the fact that a career in technology would provide them with ‘more job opportunities.’
Technology has revolutionised our lives - from the way we work, to the way we play. The recent Fortune’s 40 under 40 list was dominated by people from the technology industry, and this is all having..
Following the boom in technology, which has changed our lives over the past decade, the study reveals that Brits see technology as an aspirational career choice, with 32% saying that they wished they worked in the technology industry for the ‘opportunity to shape the future’ and 16% because they think it would enable them to work on things that would have ‘a real impact on society.’
However, a possible lack of skills is holding people back because 45% of those who would like to work in technology are not doing so because ‘they don’t have a degree in IT’, 20% feel it is ‘too competitive’, 41% feel that they are ‘too old’ to change careers, and 13% of adults* feel the industry is ‘too male dominated.’ However, the Hotels.com research reveals that the next generation of workers is growing up with a newfound passion for technology, as 35% of 8-15 year olds would like to study IT and/or science at University and IT is now one of children’s top four favourite subjects at school.
Stuart Silberg, VP of Technology at Hotels.com, commented: “Technology has revolutionised our lives - from the way we work, to the way we play. The recent Fortune’s 40 under 40 list was dominated by people from the technology industry, and this is all having a great impact on the number of people who are keen to pursue a career in technology – not only for the perks of the job, but also because it’s clear that technology is having a real impact on society.”
Silberg continues: “But it’s important for people to understand that, while a technology-related degree is important, it isn’t always essential. What’s more important is that a tech skill-set is combined with great communication skills, problem solving abilities and a real passion for the industry. In technology companies like Hotels.com, we aren’t just looking to recruit people who can code – we want to find people who can push boundaries, innovate and shape the way we live in the future.”