If jobs are available — really good jobs, mind you — why don’t more youths consider IT as a career option, especially youths for whom attending college might be a challenge? And what can the IT industry do to successfully lure more young people into pursuing tech careers?
In order to increase the pipeline of future IT workers, Creating IT Futures Foundation wanted to learn more about how low-income urban African-American and Hispanic teens (11th and 12th grade) view college and IT careers. The full report will be released later this year.
Today we will present the first in a 4-part series on this research, beginning with an overview of what teens and their parents think about IT careers.
The Creating IT Futures Foundation recently commissioned research to better understand how urban youths think about and plan for their futures, along with what are drivers and barriers of interest in IT.
We found both positive results, and stumbling blocks. Read on for more details. Learn more about the research.
Pomeroy, an IT infrastructure management company, looks for candidates eager for a career, not just a job. That big-picture vision has helped fuel the company’s growth. Learn more about Pomeroy.
IT-Ready is heading west to ... Dallas!
Our partner in IT-Ready, Per Scholas, will open the sixth IT-Ready location in Dallas later this year. Dallas was chosen due to its huge level of business growth and strong need among employers for IT support workers.
To learn more about Per Scholas, visit www.perscholas.org.
After spinal surgery ended Josh Buffie’s construction career, he and his son Josh were both accepted into the IT-Ready program. Both men found a way to reinvent themselves and embark on a new career.
IT job opportunities are increasing
There is a bright outlook for future employment growth in core IT occupations - over 20% in several cases from 2010 to 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - such as software developers, database administrators, network and systems administrators, systems analysts, and other including information security analysts, web developers, and network architects.
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Before this program I would apply for 20 jobs and maybe hear back from one or two of them. Now I have people from places I didn’t even apply to, coming to me saying, ‘Please come in for an interview. We want to hire you.’
– Mitchell Rolland,