South African 18-24 years youth think machines will take their jobs, but don’t want to learn to code
Vodafone has published the results of a study it commissioned into the attitudes of youth about skills, employment, and the economy. YouGov conducted the research, interviewing 18 to 24 year-olds across 15 countries – including South Africa. There were 504 respondents from South Africa, who were mainly from Gauteng.
57% said they received inadequate or no career advice at all while at school or university, which was better than the average for all 15 countries (67%). Of those who received career advice, 46% said it focused purely on traditional jobs, such as accountants, lawyers, doctors, and mechanics.
Only 17% said they were advised about “future-focused, digital jobs.”
It does suggest we need to ready today's learners for the changes coming within the next 10 years. We already sit in South Africa with manual jobs that have already been mechanised or made redundant in some other countries eg. cashiers, bag packers, petrol pump attendants, and traditional jobs like some mining, video stores, petrol stations, call centre agents, and similar are set to disappear in the coming 10 to 15 years. We can cling to them but other businesses, or forms of the same business, will just overtake yours and it will suddenly become redundant.
Interestingly enough the basics like hairdressing, coffee, dining out, and similar "feel good" experiences will likely still be around as the personal touch is what makes the experience pleasureful.... or will it be?
|South African youth think machines will take their jobs, but don’t want to learn to code
Vodafone has published the results of its latest youth study.