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March 08, 2018 10:03 PM

Microsoft Hosts Technology Training For Teens

It's a time of change in the business world.

In fact, a recent Oxford survey finds 47 percent of jobs will disappear in the next 25 years.

Meanwhile, many technology careers are growing quickly.

That's why Microsoft and Omnitech hosted technology training for teens in Sioux Falls Thursday.

Freshman Abbey Jacobsen still has a few years until she heads off to college, but she's already trying to figure out the best career path in this dramatically changing workforce.

"Oh my gosh. In three years I have to pick out my future. I'm like, 'Oh Lord,'" Jacobsen said.

That's why Jacobsen joined dozens of girls from across South Dakota at Microsoft DigiGirlz. The event teaches teenage girls about technology and the different jobs available.

"We're needing more people than there are trained in the STEM fields," Microsoft Business Operations & Community Manager Mary Mathiowetz said.

Mathiowetz travels across the Midwest doing events like this.

"We actually hire right out of college sometimes, depending on what you're into. There isn't anything that doesn't touch technology. Everybody needs to get into technology," Mathiowetz said.

In addition to learning about technology, students also got a chance to network with women already in the field.

"These professions are awesome, and they also pay well. It's a great career to have," Mathiowetz said.

Careers that Jacobsen knows more about after Thursday's training.

"It's really interesting to learn all of this stuff and know that it's going to help me in the future," Jacobsen said.

If you'd like to know about some of the top tech jobs, here's information from a recent U.S. News & World report.


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