7 key skills new IT grads are lacking

Written by Mary Pratt

Mary K. Pratt is a freelance writer based in Massachusetts. Mary reports mostly on business and technology management, with the bulk of her work appearing in CIO Magazine, Computerworld, and TechTarget.

Wednesday, Oct 12

New tech graduates are smart, their IT managers say, but they still need coaching in these crucial areas.

Greg Taffet is scouting for talent.

Taffet, the CIO of U.S. Gas & Electric Inc. in North Miami Beach, Fla., brought on four new staffers in the past six months and is looking to add 11 more to his current team of 20. His list of open positions includes an EDI programmer, a risk management programmer, a CRM programmer, a business analyst, and an assistant IT manager.

Taffet says he doubts any new college grad could easily fill any of those roles. Undergraduate and graduate programs aren’t able to keep up with the needs of enterprise IT shops, he says.

“It’s a horrible statement to say, but there’s just not enough time to [learn in college] all the skills that people need to be successful. We are expecting more and more, and universities are supplying more, but we’re asking for still more,” Taffet says.

What “more” do Taffet and other IT leaders want? They continue to value the “soft skills” — particularly communication skills, customer service skills, and an understanding of how to behave professionally — that have topped their list for years.

They’re also now encountering several gaps in specific business and technical skills. Computerworld surveyed IT managers to find out what skills they wish their newest hires had picked up while they were still in college.

Read the complete COMPUTERWORLD article By Mary K. Pratt, Contributing writer, Computerworld: https://www.computerworld.com/article/2511539/7-key-skills-new-it-grads-are-lacking.html