A recent article from Re/code, recapped a session from the most recent Code Conference. It involved a discussion between Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi, Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe and Re/code's Walt Mossberg on the topic of increasing the number of individuals who select coding and IT as a profession. There is a skills gap that persists, causing organizations to struggle to find quality talent.
"Technology is changing the world around us," Partovi said. "But we're leaving behind the vast majority of our children who aren't getting basic knowledge about how to participate in the new world."
He added that currently, 95 percent of schools do not offer computer science classes in any way. While there has been an increased effort to get people interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field, that term is too vague to really hit the needs of the IT channel. With a change in focus, the IT landscape will see a more qualified technology talent pool that has grown up with these ideas and is more prepared to enter the changing landscape.
"From my perspective, computer science is something that everyone needs," she said.
If these educational initiatives are successful, it could ultimately lead to a trend where the IT talent landscape is dominated by individuals who received a solid base of relevant education from a young age. This would put companies that find these types of prospective workers at a distinct advantage over their competitors.
It could also lead to more complex positions with heightened performance expectations. The skills needed to standout amongst the crowd to land a job are changing and require more time to master, which earlier education would help answer. VAR Staffing helps solution providers find and recruit the impactful talent needed to make a difference in the current landscape.