Only 9% of parents want kids to be tech entrepreneurs

Only 9% of parents want kids to be tech entrepreneurs
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Study shows UK parents would prefer their children to have a traditional job such as doctor, teacher or lawyer

Parents would prefer their children to be doctors, teachers or lawyers when they are older, as opposed to technology entrepreneurs, according to research.

A study by Nominet found that only 9% of parents would like their children to choose a career as a tech entrepreneur, web developer or computer games developer.

When gender was considered, parents were more likely to steer boys than girls towards a technology career – 13% of parents said they would want their son to pursue a career as a tech entrepreneur or games developer, whereas these roles did not appear at all in the top five roles that parents suggested for girls.

A career as an engineer was the top choice of parents for boys to pursue in the future, whereas a quarter or parents hoped girls would become doctors – and only 6% hoped their daughters would become tech entrepreneurs.

Eleanor Bradley, COO of Nominet, said the UK had the potential to be a hub for tech in the future as it begins to grow its digital economy, but parents needed to encourage their children into technology roles for these efforts to succeed.

“Parents are one of the greatest influences on their children’s future decisions, much more than they perhaps give themselves credit for, and I encourage everyone to help all young people – and especially girls – to consider the possibilities the tech industry has to offer,” said Bradley.

The UK IT industry is currently suffering from a skills gap, and the government has tried to develop a bigger pipeline of young people with relevant skills by introducing the computing curriculum in 2014, making it compulsory for children between the ages of five and 16 to learn concepts such as computational thinking.

Many parents are beginning to understand the importance of computing skills, with 45% in the study thinking computing studies will give children useful skills to have after they leave school.

But parents think soft skills, such as conversational and literacy skills, will be more important for their children’s future careers, and only 19% of parents think coding skills will be important for future jobs.

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