Well this certainly adds fuel to the industry fire that most schools are not turning out IT graduates that are ready for the “real world”.
SHARE, a professional association for IBM users, has some survey results:
Here are some highlights from the executive summary:
25% are concerned about the technical aptitude of job candidates
40% are concerned IT hires are not sufficiently prepared to perform jobs within their companies
44% say at a minimum there are notable gaps in skills.
8% would rate their IT hires as “well-trained, ready to go”
There are more statistics about jobs and skills in demand so be sure to click the link above.
I want to stick with the recent graduate skills gap topic. More from the summary:
Employers overwhelmingly agree that colleges and
universities need to provide the essential skills required
to run IT departments. Seventy-seven percent look to
educational institutions to provide programming skills,
82% look for database skills, 76% look for analysis and
architectural skills. Along with appropriate technical skills,
eight out of 10 companies seek problem-solving and
About half of the companies in the survey hire new IT
employees straight out of school, with relatively little actual
working experience. Ideally, most would like to see at least
a year of on-the-job experience—especially among smaller
companies. A majority require a minimum of a bachelor’s
degree in their new IT hires, and in most cases, the preferred degree is a computer science degree. Two out of three companies seek college intern experience among IT hires.
I get that companies want people with at least some experience but what I find interesting is that these companies want everyone else to do the training for them.
They want folks with internships, work history and skills not teachable in the classroom.
So essentially they want academia and small companies to groom the talent pool so they can hire them once they are “ready”.
That is absurd.
Missing from this survey is how many of these companies have their own internships, co cops and mentoring programs.
Yes, I agree that most schools are not providing the number of “well-trained, ready to go” talented graduates that are needed.
The IT industry (particularly bigger companies) cannot continue to complain that they do not have enough talented people to hire when they are doing very little (or nothing) to help the situation.
They could be doing much more at a much earlier stage than they are.
I guess it is easier to just complain about it than to do something.