Street smarts vs. book smarts has been the premise of much debate and movie plots for some time. This essentially boils down to the question of which is more important, experience or knowledge? While reading all the books available will let you know how to do a particular task, it is much different to actually go out there and do it.
In a recent column for Tech Page One, IT expert Jeremy Lesniak argued that in the IT channel, too many tech professionals lack the real-world experience to be successful. This doesn't just mean having had a full-time IT job before. This could mean a college student taking an internship.
"I have noticed, in every case, that the more experience individuals bring to their positions, the more successful they are," Lesniak wrote. " In fact, someone with a great deal of classroom education and little practical experience will have the most difficulty adjusting. They find they have to do a great deal of 'un-learning' in order to adapt."
He went on to say that too often IT professionals are able to tell you how things are supposed to operate, but not how they actually work. The most successful technology workers he has seen have extensive self-taught skills.
This gap is growing in an aspect of business that is in desperate need of impactful talent. More organizations need quality IT professionals to meet the growing demand. VAR Staffing helps any technology solution provider acquire and incorporate the top talent.