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IT subjects to increase in demand, courtesy Recession

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According to research, teenagers will be more inclined to study IT-related subjects as a consequence of the recession and the rise of consumer technology. The study by supplier Logicalis polled more than 1,000 13-17 year olds across the UK on topics such as personal technology habits and their aspirations for IT in education. The study sought to detect any changes over plans for their education and future careers. Course and career choices are being reviewed due to the impact of the current economic climate, according to the study, with those polled all agreeing that IT, science and engineering provide the best future job prospects. However, boys are the most likely to choose such subjects (37 per cent) in comparison with girls (only 17 %). According to Chris Gabriel, director of solutions at Logicalis, a significant shift is set to occur in the education landscape, where students will be more inclined to take up IT-related subjects. Despite this prediction and the results of the study, according to figures from the Joint Council for Qualification, the Computing and ICT A-levels saw a drop in numbers of more than 20 %this year.


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