Bill Gates from Microsoft and Mark Zuckerburg from Facebook are appearing in a new video, according to an article on newsfactor.com on Thursday, Feb 28th. The video encourages children to learn how to write computer programming code.
The video was created to promote the non-profit organization Code.org, an organization committed to encourage the teaching and learning of computer science in elementary and high schools. The ultimate goal is to increase the pool of computer science graduates that are in more and more demand among high tech companies.
The video, entitled What Most Schools Don’t Teach, features tech luminaries like Gates and Zuckerburg reminiscing about how they got started. Some began as early as sixth grade. For others, they didn’t begin learning until college.
The video underscores the lack of programming education among today’s workforce. “Our policy is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find,” Zuckerberg says in the video. “The whole limit of the system is just that there just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.”
Computer Science graduates can earn a very attractive salary, even straight out of college. And with the dearth of attractive candidates, it’s a huge opportunity for people with the right education. They can practically write their own ticket, and work for any company that they would like.