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The Digital Economy: Yes, We're Failing You

Gen Y students at a computer

Credit: SSP Randers

European Union policy makers have identified an increasing shortfall of technological skills among the younger generation, and yet — what is being done about it? Gen-Y and young children are known for being tech-savvy. They may know how to operate a computer, download a torrent file, or be able to operate gesture-based devices.

But do they know what PHP is? Do they know how to construct simple programs?

It may not have been required in the economy 40 years ago, but now, it is these skills which can make you an enticing prospect to employers — all the more important for a generation stuck in the mire of a stagnant economy.

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