By Abidemi Olatunbosun
No doubt, Information Technology serves as the basis for which developed and developing economies are finding a new part to prosperity. Irrespective of the economic approach or economy diversification plans of any nation, the dependence on ICT to help drive the success of such cannot be overemphasized.
However, the greatest asset to any nation are its human resource and the extent to which her human resource are skilled, determines the level of success such a nation can make out of its economic plans. In view of this, several nations of the world have often put in place immigration policies that attract highly skilled talents to participate in their economies.
Basically, there is a global shortage of skills in the global ICT sphere and there will continue to be demands for ICT skills. As economies become more advanced, it also implies that for virtually kinds of jobs or career path, basic ICT skills would be required to perform effectively on the job.
Apparently, the time to embrace ICT is now and there isn’t a better time to consider empowering yourself with ICT skills, either to be able to perform optimally on the job or even consider a career switch in favor of ICT. A number of global recruiting companies have produced white papers and reports on the global IT skills shortage and below are some facts available.
According to the recruitment group Hays Information Technology, an important global issue currently is the lack of IT talents. Based on the compiled list of top ten skills that are lacking globally, IT has been pinpointed as one of the top “hard skills” in demand.
Generally, knowledge of programming languages, as well as IT skills specific to individual industries, are particularly hard to come by.
As extracted from Computer Weekly:
“Andy Bristow, business director at Hays Information Technology, as quoted, said there is a lack in both “soft” and “hard” skills: Hard IT skills are more about infrastructure and installing – the technical guys that are clear about what they offer, which is top draw IT skills. Soft skills tend to be focused on end user needs and behavior and how technology effects or improves a business.
Bristow said finding a candidate that has a mix of soft and hard skills can be difficult, but they are definitely in demand: People that tend to have both of these sets of skills are further on in their career and have moved through several roles already. These types of candidates might have started in a technical role and have had time to filter through and pick up soft management skills along the way, he explained.”
Governments and institutions globally have taken on the campaign to encourage more people especially the young ones to consider a career in ICT.
According to World Economic Forum; “rapid technological advances and the digitization of the workplace are making it harder for workers to match their skill sets with the needs of employers.
The scale of the problem varies from country to country, but is particularly bad in Japan, where 81% of firms (with 10 or more employees) have difficulty finding qualified employees
With the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or fast-paced digital progress, technology is transforming the way we work – and workers’ skills will need to keep pace with these changes.
As computers get smarter and more capable of doing tasks previously done by humans, employees will need to develop skills that give them the edge over machines, such as critical thinking and creativity.
A Forum report, The Future of Jobs, reveals that by 2020 more than one-third of skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed”.
To help tackle the skills shortage and equip workers for technological change, the report urges business leaders and governments to take a proactive approach to developing the skills of the future workforce”
The time to decide is now and embrace ICT to take your career to the next level or pursue a new career direction in ICT. Beginning a career in ICT is irrespective of background or the nature of university education, as there are success stories of people who have a switch and sometimes a 360 degree change.
Abidemi Olatunbosun , the writer of this article is a Senior Process Orchestration and Software Architect.
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