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In Search of Next-Generation IT Workers? Look Beyond the Tech Degrees

The next generation of IT workers will look different than they ever did before, and it’s not just because technology is bigger and better. In fact, the root cause isn’t technology at all. Mary Shacklett explains that big data and analytics are increasingly important, and with those things comes a need for communication.

The next generation needs to bring together big data stakeholders who can nurture, mediate, and still know when to push for results. However, the current recruits are lacking these skills, and IT companies are finding it’s not always something that can be taught. Where are all the communicators hiding? Shacklett suggests searching the liberal arts department. The applicants your company needs may not have the technical background previously envisioned, but a degree in literature, English, or history.

Of course, the IT department wouldn’t be able to operate without the technical background either. The emphasis here is on looking at IT holistically as a collaboration process that now requires a variety of skill sets. Don’t be afraid to look for an applicant with a tech aptitude but a nontraditional degree. The future requires a shake-up in the IT workforce, and great minds don’t have to think alike 100% of the time.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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