Digital illiteracy is stopping young people from excelling in their jobs

In this hyper-connected digital age, the youth are the most talked about demographic concerning the way that technology is taking hold of society and, more specifically, social interactions.

The ongoing consensus is that the average young person is more deft in digital tech than they are holding a conversation, but this notion might be inaccurate.

In a new study from YouGov, it turns out that 47% of “senior company decision makers” believe young people to be lacking in the experience need to work in any sector that relies on and uses digital technology.

The poll collected results from 1,000 employers of young people aged 16-25 and asked these hiring managers to answer questions regarding how well their younger employees are doing their jobs. The results showed that 20% of UK businesses are destined to ‘fall behind’ due to the lack of digital skills acquired by younger workers.

At this point you’re probably thinking: “But I’m the only person in my house that knows how to work the printer” or “My Dad has only known how to copy and paste since 2013” – but your idea of ‘digital skills’ aren’t exactly what these employers are referring to.

Head of digital at Capgemini UK, who commissioned this poll, said: “Our research highlights that being adept with social media and consumer technology is simply not enough if the UK is to compete in the global digital economy.”

“While there is a genuine risk that the shortage of digital skills will pull British businesses behind their international counterparts, it can also be seen as an opportunity for all.”

Treat this as forewarning to get your digital skills in check. Take an evening course or learn from Youtube. To be the best employee you can be, you’ll need to ensure your longevity.