The British Columbia Tech Industry is booming with hundreds of both start-ups and large businesses making the province their home, but did you know it’s only going to grow?
In January 2016 the B.C. Provincial government created a five-year plan to improve the province’s tech sector through the areas of Capital, Talent, and Markets. Capital by improving access to capital and continue to support the province’s competitive tax system and research environment. Talent by increasing the talent of technology workers in British Columbia from the ground up in local schools. And Markets by making it easier for smaller tech companies to navigate the markets to ensure they are developing products in the correct markets.
Even though the original B.C. tech strategy plan was developed under a different provincial leadership group, current party leader John Horgan of the B.C. NDP during his campaign actually said that the B.C. tech strategy was on the right track, but was still not doing enough to keep British Columbia ahead of the competition within the tech sector. In the B.C. NDP election platform, Horgan promised to invest $100 million to “expand technology-related post-secondary programs and invest in information and communications, digital media and entertainment, life sciences and health, clean-tech, IT and engineering and more.” As well as building technology and innovation centres in key areas of B.C.’s economy. It’s clear that even with a change in leadership that technology will always be at the forefront of British Columbia’s economy.
So how does a student develop their skills in the B.C. tech industry? Get involved, take classes, and continue to learn everything you can. In today’s world, anyone who has a background with some technology knowledge has an advantage over someone who doesn’t. In the coming years programming and tech skills will be even more desirable.
“Everyone should learn how to program a computer… It teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs