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Six Ways to Fix the IT Skills Shortage

CompTIA research yielded the results that eight in 10 US businesses are being negatively impacted by the lack of technology talent. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels offers six suggestions to ignite change:

  1. Think differently around your best business practices.
  2. Encourage people to switch departments.
  3. Source new types of agile thinking.
  4. Build a proper apprenticeship program.
  5. Make sure younger workers focus on newer ideas.
  6. Give students the opportunity to experiment.

Short on Luck

One of the biggest obstacles to a successful digital transformation is often a lack of access to the best people. You want to engage people and make them proud to work for your company. Give clear guidelines to your expectations. Don’t be afraid to hire new talent and to try new things; inspiration to work differently can occur.

Grant opportunities to try something new and switch departments. You never know what results and skills may be discovered that will allow someone to perform successfully and beyond what they believed was their potential. CIO Cristian McMahon says that the strength of this approach is so great that many of the people who switch to the IT department have often stayed and moved into senior positions.

Out with the old and in with the new: Traditional operational abilities are not likely to help a business create a competitive differentiation. Sourcing new talent is essential to have new, innovative, and creative thinking to keep up with the ever-changing digital age. Likewise, having a program where you allow people to test out different roles across the business will equip workers to be adaptable and find their fit when demands change.

The good news is that great IT people will always be in demand. Great IT people are the ones who never run out of ideas. New ideas need to flow consistently, and keeping a watchful eye on trends will assist in keeping your skills fresh.

Lastly, the key to success with tech students might be modelling:

“It’s all about giving people an opportunity,” [Matt Britland, director of ICT at Lady Eleanor Holles School] says. “Curriculum pressures mean time is precious in all schools. It’s important to expose students to as many different elements of computing as possible, such as individual programming languages and the chance to use technology for creative purposes.”

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About Melissa Colon

Melissa is a staff writer for AITS, with a background in journalism. She has previously written for York Dispatch and York Daily Record.

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