How to get a job in the IT industry
Posted On July 26, 2021
With the start of the new academic year, many IT jobs are expected to be in short supply.
And, in some cases, IT professionals are being pushed out of the field.
For some, that could mean they’re leaving academia altogether, as many major IT companies have begun offering short-term contracts to employees who can’t stay in academia.
The biggest name in the industry is the software giant Microsoft.
It recently announced a $10 million grant to help students at the University of Washington pursue post-graduate degrees, including those in computer science and information security.
Microsoft also has offered a three-year contract to a group of students who want to work for the company as a software engineer.
Other companies have offered a variety of options to students looking to leave academia.
For example, the company is paying $10,000 to students who are leaving the University, and they can apply for a two-year fellowship at a tech company.
At the other end of the spectrum, there’s a new company called the Institute for Advanced Computing, which offers a four-year degree in computer engineering, including a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.
Tech companies are also beginning to hire more students in the area of software engineering, and at the same time, they’re offering new positions in the field, too.
Many students are finding they can’t get a full-time job without a degree in computing.
And while many employers aren’t interested in hiring students who have a bachelor of science degree, that’s not the case for many IT companies, either.
“They just don’t want to hire somebody who has not had a bachelor in IT,” said Mike Ritchie, who’s spent a lot of time in the computer science field and currently works for a software company.
Ritchie said that if you’re looking for a job at a large company, you need to be a computer science major.
That means a degree that’s a combination of both computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering, Ritchie said.
While the number of IT jobs available in the U.S. has grown in recent years, the demand for those jobs is not evenly distributed, he said.
And in many cases, those positions are not filled by students.
“If you’re not getting an offer, you don’t have a job,” Ritchie told Business Insider.
The hiring trend in the technology industry is growing, but it’s not evenly spread, said Jason Gentry, who manages a hiring and recruiting company called CareerForge.
When I was at IT companies I would see students going to schools like UCLA, or MIT, he told Business News Daily.
“And they would just be working on a computer and doing something on it.”
But he also said that the demand is growing because more and more students are pursuing computer science degrees.
Gentry said that some of the companies hiring for positions that require computer science have already identified those students who could become software engineers.
For example, IBM recently announced that it was hiring a software engineering student for its new headquarters, according to Business Insider, which has a story about the announcement.IBM also is hiring software engineers, and there are more than 30,000 computer science programs at more than 50 institutions across the U, including many in Silicon Valley, according a report from the Center for Data Science and Data Analytics.
The demand for these positions has also risen in the last year.
According to CareerForge, the number from March to June of this year increased by more than 10,000 positions.
But Gentry said there’s still not a shortage of IT graduates.
And the demand still isn’t evenly distributed.
“It’s a bit like in any other industry,” he said, adding that there’s always more students interested in becoming software engineers who don’t know how to get an offer.
“That’s the challenge of recruiting a workforce,” he added.
Some employers are looking to help with that problem.
Citi has hired a team of IT engineers to work with its customer service department, and the company has also started using its hiring platform, CareerBuilder, to help recruit more IT engineers.
But Ritchie pointed out that even though there is a shortage, it doesn’t necessarily mean that students are leaving academia.
“In some cases they might be doing a bachelor-level degree in a different field,” he explained.
“But they are still doing a lot in computing.”
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