Survey: IT college grads not ‘ready to go’

A workforce of new IT graduates “ready to go” in the professional world has become more critical as the slumping U.S. economy has improved and companies become more willing to hire.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they were either “currently hiring or planning to hire programmers and developers in the coming months,” according to the SHARE report.

Half of companies surveyed said they would soon hire database professionals, 36 percent said they would hire analysts and architects, and 43 percent plan on hiring systems programmers and systems analysts.

A programmer from a ban that responded to the SHARE survey said told the association that “many folks have some technical skills, but not enough skills to deal with political interests, poor architecture, or kingdom builders.”

A customer information control systems (CICS) specialist for the federal government said that IT students should be prepared to adapt to changing circumstances and coworkers in the work place.

“Each environment is hardly ever a cookie cutter type and will always require hands-on training to get acquainted,” the federal CICS said.

Sun said the thawing job market could mean many new jobs in the IT field in the coming months, and IT professors and instructors should urge students to pursue careers in technology, even if it’s not in video game developing or other high-profile areas.

“If you work for a bank, it’s not glamorous, but with a steady paycheck and a pretty limitless growth path, that’s something the universities should be able to sell,” he said. “Making it sound like it’s cool to be in IT is something that we can do a better job of.”

The SHARE survey results reflect a message trumpeted last year by Wayne Brown, vice president of IT at Excelsior College, an online school based in New York. Brown, who leads Excelsior’s Center for Technology Leadership (CTL), said IT workers who want to one day be a chief information officer need to focus primarily on their interpersonal skills.