There’s been much said about the skills
shortage in the IT industry. This focuses mostly on the actual technical skills
of individuals. However, there is also a gap
emerging in the number of individuals that have both the necessary IT skills
and business-savvy. Information technology enrollments are at an all-time low; baby boomer
workers are retiring and taking all of that legacy knowledge with them.
Those experts, who can talk technology in
one meeting and can talk business in another, are rare species, yet with
technology moving directly into the returns stream of your company, you need
them. And your need is only going to increase.
The IT industry needs to also look at the
broader requirements in the current business environment, developing ways
to fix this problem and to grow current employees into the leaders for
The first solution to the problem lies
at its source:
The IT field is so technically focused that graduates
don't look at the bigger picture until they are in the field. Coding
is vital, however it would help if universities placed less emphasis on coding
and more on problem-solving and creative aspects.
The second solution lies in the hiring
Take into consideration what the most important
skills or qualities you need in your company.
Keep in mind those factors will often
change depending on the current needs and the skills in the industry. Some
companies create a mismatch on the job specifications, between what they want
and what they say they want, this result in companies attracting the same type
of employees over and over.
The third problem centers on what skills
companies require when looking for new employees
Job descriptions often have a list of requirements
so long most applicants pass right over them, even though they are actually
competent. It’s also important for the company to see if the candidate is ideal
for the job and if they will fit into the company culture.
Once you learn different languages, picking
up another tech language isn't that difficult, especially if a company is
helping you to learn it. But understanding those practices that really drive
good solutions is very hard to find and even harder to develop in somebody.
They have to do it practically.
For those employees and businesses that
already have these skills or are willing to develop them, it's a great way to
distinguish themselves in a growing competitive marketplace.
If you're an IT professional and you feel
that you have the skills and you're passionate about what you do; you have to
look at this as a gold mine. This is a great opportunity for you to start you
new job search.
We have a variety of IT vacancies ranging
from Business Analysts, SQL DBA, Business Systems Manager, various developer
jobs and much more. Visit our website and apply now!