I took part in an interesting debate today, organised by Microsoft, discussing the latest generation of new graduates, their role in the IT industry – and how they shape it, or are shaped by it. The discussion covered a broad range of issues, and definitely got those brain cells working! Some of the things raised were….
How our current education system stimulates (or fails to stimulate) innovation, and whether educational institutions – at all levels – could do more to support this.
Establishing closer ties to business, at university level if not earlier – so students can engage with not only academics, but tap into the experience and knowledge of individuals with years of experience in the industry
How can we address the huge gender gap in the IT industry – can leading women within the industry to try to break down some of those preconceptions by engaging with potential students at an early stage?
Moving towards a increasingly flexi-time, telecommuting business world – will businesses that fail to adapt to accomodate their employees needs struggle to hold on to staff? How will this affect working hours?
Looking forward to the next 5-10 years and how technology might further change the way we work.
All in all, a very good morning, with some very interesting folks!