Recent recruit, Syed Adil, hosted a very successful workshop just a short while ago! The speaker was Cognitive Robotics professor Murray Shanahan from Imperial College London and the workshop took place at the Woolwich Polytechnic School in London.
Today, my little brother came home excited to tell us about a new program my school has introduced for the sixth and seventh graders: coding. He told us what the teacher had brought in to demonstrate what coding can do, something called an Ozobot.
An Ozobot is a line following robot. It’s tiny, about the size of a bottle cap, and works by using sensors to follow a color-coded path. The aim of the program is to jumpstart a love for coding in young children. A simple Google search tells me why.
With kids born in 2000 and later being known as the tech generation, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that coding is to become one of the most important job skills of the future. 8 out of the 25 top jobs in 2016 were tech-related positions. Companies in all sectors are beginning to rely on computers and coding.
Learning to code, no matter how old you are, will prove to be a useful skill. Every single piece of technology we use is run with computer codes, and learning to use code can open up many, many doors. You’ll be able to build apps, personalized digital games, develop software, and much more.
With our advancement into the digital world, coding is a skill that will remain relevant, meaning someone with a knowledge of code will always be able to contribute to the job field, and will always be able to improve and impress. Every industry has a technological component to it. No matter where your interest lies, coding can help.
Coding, just like English or French, is a language. Studies show that when reading code, we use the same area of our brain that we use to process other written or spoken languages. ‘Programming languages’ are used to communicate between a person and a device, where a person tells a computer exactly what to do and the computer does it.
Technology is all around us. Smartphones, tablets, the touch screens being installed in fast-food restaurants, all are examples of computers we encounter every day, computers being run by code. Learning code is simple, on the same level as,mid not easier than, learning a foreign language. Try it out, you might just love it.
The students at Horizon Private School are used to having speakers address them, so they weren’t very excited in the beginning. It wasn’t long, however, before Chuka had them glued to their seats as he began telling them about himself and how he got into a career as an actor. With their interest piqued, you could sense the excitement grow in the room.
The session was very interactive. Students asked questions and made jokes. It was a very fun but beneficial experience overall.
Chuka, a graduate of Middlesex University, spoke to the students about his own background: a metallurgical engineering degree and his jump to acting. He told them about the virtues of acting, and the skills it takes to be a good actor. He even gave a short demonstration on fake crying!
The students got the chance to ask their own questions, and Chuka answered them very gracefully. It was a chance for them to get to know a career path very few had considered before. According to a short survey we sent out after the workshop, students are expressing more interest in careers having to do with the arts, which is exactly the goal we look to achieve here at CareerFear — a real interest in a diverse range of careers.
At the end of the workshop, the students rushed to take pictures with Chuka. They clambered over each other to take selfies and stand next to him in the group shot. The administrators and staff who attended the workshop were also very impressed, and have already mentioned organizing a few more for the students of HPS.
CareerFear Workshops are a greatly valuable resource for students looking for options for their futures. We provide unique perspectives on careers that differ slightly from the careers typically chosen by high school students.
If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting a workshop at your school in the UAE, please contact me at email@example.com
CareerFear will start offering two new major services in the near future.
At the moment, CareerFear helps students around the world by uploading interviews of people in different careers, so students can gain first-hand career experience very easily. However, as we’re growing rapidly, and are gaining large amounts of users from various places around the world, we want to branch out into other services, too.
As such, CareerFear has started partnering with companies and large corporations in the United Arab Emirates to help provide high school students in the UAE with internship opportunities. As we branch out into different countries around the world, we hope this service will be open to students in those countries, too. Soon, we’ll upload an ‘Internships’ page on our site, linking high school students to internships and possible work experience to compliment the career service we currently offer online.
Secondly, CareerFear is going to start hosting workshops. Through our large network of interviewee contacts, we will start inviting guest speakers to schools and universities around the United Arab Emirates and soon enough other countries, too. This way, students will get a chance to interact with these people in real life, as well as on CareerFear. These workshops will consist of – for example – a lawyer coming to a high school to demystify his job, and the lawyer may speak about what it takes to become a lawyer, what school subjects are important, important misconceptions high school students have, and then take questions towards the end of the workshop. These will be organized and hosted by CareerFear as an additional service we are choosing to provide as a non-profit service.
If you’re a company who’d like to partner with CareerFear, or a company that wants to offer students internships, or perhaps a professional who wants to share his career experience and give valuable advice to students at a CareerFear workshop, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.