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This week, Tom spoke with James Lampke from Robert Half Technology, Justin Kane from ICX Managed Services, John Mallinger from Harden, Carlton Lee from AIG, and Ambre Goff from Level Up Learning Center.

How important is it for the younger generation to be involved with technology?

James Lampke

It would sure make things easier. One of the biggest interests for me to help grow the younger generation into technology is the evolution of technology. Technology is evolving the way it is now and you look at some of the bigger cities and tech hubs that have access to this talent to continuously develop new technologies and Jacksonville is on its way! It’s not there yet, but how do we get there. What we need to do is create that interest. We give them an opportunity to gain that wow factor of why this is cool, why this is hip. This is something that you’re gonna get these kids into at five, six, seven years old.

Justin Kane

Kids are growing up with it. It’s becoming easier, even for us who are responsible for managing it, It’s becoming easier for us to manage it. Technology is becoming easier to set up and deploy! That being said when it comes to getting kids interested in an earlier age, they all have access to this technology much more than many of us did as kids. No doubt that we didn’t have the exposure to it. We picked it up later on because we were interested in it. But now they have access to it. I mean there are babies watching YouTube on an iPad.

John Mallinger

Well, you know, it’s not only the kids, it’s also the regular workforce coming into the company. We have a lot of discussions in-house on what’s the minimal level of technical skills you need just to do your job, even if it’s not technical. The tech is actually getting more and more complex. That’s where we do have to get the younger generation, we got to get them started earlier today. If we don’t get them interested by middle school or even elementary school, they’re never going to come back.

Carlton Lee

Believe it or not, they’re actually interacting probably every day and they don’t even realize it. Maybe not face to face but so many of them are gaming and whatnot. They’re used to doing these things remotely. I think it brings them out of their shell a little bit but they also don’t have to necessarily approach someone in that situation, so that face-to-face interaction is removed. However, they already are familiar with how remote working would work. For some of the kids that want to learn to code and want to learn these back in systems, they can already work remotely!

Ambre Goff

We find the students are really interested in real applicable languages. We’re offering Python, we’re offering C++, these are real business languages. This younger generation is going to be our next employees, it’s important for us to give them that head-start.

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