A study into employment in the Australian information and communications technology (ICT) industry estimates that Australia will need an additional 33,000 ICT professionals by mid 2017 and that there will be insufficient skilled workers to meet this demand. Yet it says that graduates from ICT courses are having trouble finding work.
If you work in IT, you only have to look around your office to see the age group is heavily made up of Gen X and little to no Gen Y’s.
Why is this? And what can be done to change it?
Well firstly, you can’t get a Bachelor of IT and suddenly be a Project Manager or a Business Analyst. Those sorts of titles require years of experience.
A total of 69.7% of recent computer science graduates are now in employment, although not necessarily in jobs related to their studies, and 12.9% are unemployed, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).
Maybe we can rectify this problem by putting processes in place to help Graduates grow within their profession.
- Summer vacation programs
- Trade shows / exhibitions
- Career days
- Q&A sessions
Have a read through the article below to see a series of ideas the AWPA have presented to boost ICT skills in the market.