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CIOs must help plug the talent gap

Gary Beach | July 31, 2013
CIOs have trouble filling technical positions because of deficiencies in America's schools. It's time to get involved, says Gary J. Beach, author of a just-released book on this topic.

Push back against the popular notion that IT professionals are nerdy and socially inept. As you well know, today we need IT professionals who have not only technology skills but also communications skills and business savvy.

Educate your local schools about the benefits of IT careers. A study by the Stevens Institute of Technology found that most school guidance counselors have no idea what you do for a living.

Consider a second career as a math or science teacher, where you can build the foundation for the next generation of IT professionals.

Our nation is no longer just "at risk." It is headed for the painful consequences of 30 years of procrastination and half-measures in education reform. How painful those consequences will be remains to be seen. But what is certain is this: Every CIO has a professional obligation to get involved in the campaign to improve our nation's education system.

 

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