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A third of UK tech leaders encouraged by role models and mentors to join industry

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In advance of World Youth Skills Day, leaders advise students to focus on software development and AI

Manchester, UK, Boston, US; 15th July 2021: A survey of 400 tech leaders in the UK and US by Talent Works has revealed that role models or mentors (31%) were their biggest inspiration early in their careers.

Asked who influenced them most, the university/education system came second (29%), followed by parents (21%). However, when it comes to encouraging young people to undertake STEM subjects, 51% of UK tech leaders believe the guidance should be the responsibility of schools.

When asked which areas of technology students should study, their advice was to focus on software development/software engineering (37%), artificial intelligence/machine learning (34%), and cybersecurity (18%), followed by data analytics (7%) and website…

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