Making careers in tech accessible to all
What is My Digital Future?
Job opportunities in the tech sector are constantly growing and evolving. It's vital that they're accessible for everyone, and no one misses out simply because of who they are or where they come from. So, how can we make this happen?
The My Digital Future (MDF) programme, developed by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, creates career opportunities for all young people, no matter their background or circumstance. The initiative provides funding and support from BCS’s industrywide network, helping to ensure the next generation of tech specialists is diverse and inclusive.
Can I get involved?
If you're 16-24 and want to improve your digital skills to take your work or study to the next level, our programme will help you with skills, careers inspiration, and industry insight to support you in your next steps. If you’re eligible we’re also offering funding and 1:1 coaching to help you achieve your tech career goals.
Why is My Digital Future important?
We know digital skills are increasingly important both to individuals and society as a whole – there’s barely an element of daily life now that doesn’t have a digital aspect. Digital skills are anything from the ability to be an active, online citizen like using social media and online services, through to things like software development. But there are plenty of obstacles for some people to gain those skills and opportunities, it could be financial or social barriers. Lack of access to basic digital kit or broadband or even not having someone to talk to and identify the right training and next steps. Paying for training and, just as limiting, not seeing role models or how someone might fit into the digital world can put people off taking tech to the next level. That’s where My Digital Future comes in…
Find your focus - are you interested in technology but unsure where this could take you? Get inspired with insight on how technology is used to make the world a better place
Unlock your potential with support on transferrable skills, employability skills and confidence building
Discover different opportunities in careers and education to help you make informed choices about the future
Support the programme
There are many ways you can get involved. Donating is invaluable and funds a lot of what we do but it's not the only way you can help. You can become a coach for successful applicants or contribute your skills and expertise by hosting work experience, open days and competitions. You can even offer your knowledge in our 'ask the expert' events. So, whether you're an educator, a specialist in your field or you just want to support the programme, why not get on board...
Hear from some of our recent participants:
"It really gives you the support and guide you need at that age and it also solidified which career I would like to go to which is a really big decision for everyone's life"
"My fear was that I'll get the degree and be like 'Oh, I don't know where to go or where to start' and because of my mentor I understood cloud is a very in demand industry right now so if I was to get a placement there I'd pretty much secure myself a place".
As the Chartered Institute for IT, BCS acts as a professional and learned society for all aspects of computing and digital skills. It has over 60,000 members in over 150 countries, offering access to a diverse and active group of professionals.
BCS contributes to and shapes the computing and digital professions, influencing and improving education, providing training and development opportunities, and generating positive policy change in areas where computing and digital skill matter.
The new role harnesses these resources to address inequalities in access to digital skills education, training, and work.