Young professionals criticise preparation for the digital world of work
68 percent of young people in school or training rate the preparation for a future in which digital technologies play an important role as very good or good. The verdict is different for young people who already have a degree or are in working life. Here, 69 percent rate the preparation during their school years as insufficient in retrospect. “If we teach young people resilience, motivation, a growth mindset and effective learning strategies, they will be prepared for jobs that do not yet exist, for technologies that have not yet been developed and for social challenges that we cannot yet imagine,” comments Prof. Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education at the OECD.
Schools not sufficiently equipped to teach digital skills
Most young people see their parents as responsible for teaching them social and emotional skills for the future, for example qualities such as empathy (79 percent) and a sense of responsibility (63 percent). Schools and universities, on the other hand, are seen as responsible for teaching pre-vocational skills such as the use of digital technologies (76 percent) and responsible organisation (60 percent).
The schools are not sufficiently prepared for this, according to the opinion of the respondents. Just under half (56 percent) of 14- to 24-year-olds rate the digital equipment in schools as very good or good overall. Computer science is a regular school subject for only 54 percent of those surveyed, and only 44 percent report that tablets or computers are freely available to all pupils.
Uncertainty about protecting one’s own data online
Young people feel prepared to deal with fake news: 70 percent are very sure or sure that they can recognise fake news, while 30 percent have doubts. The situation is different when it comes to the competence to adequately protect one’s own data on the internet: 52 percent of 14 to 24-year-olds feel safe, 48 percent are rather unsure about data protection issues on the internet.