This is the next interview in the continuing conversation series with Kelly Gotlieb. In a recent dialogue with me, Kelly shared these thoughts: “There is no doubt that there is a current shortage of persons with computer and communication skills. Further, if action is not taken, the shortages will become more acute.
A recent report of the US Bureau of labor Statistics states that in spite of off-shoring there are more IT jobs available today than at the height of the dot.com boom.
Yet in Canadian and US universities there has been a significant decline in Computer Science enrollments over the last three years, and this will most definitely show up in the forthcoming graduating classes. And despite concerted attempts by many groups to attract more women into computer science programs, the success has been modest, at best.
I believe in part the shortage comes from the negative message that resulted from the dot.com bust, because students do watch the job market. This was exacerbated by all the talk of globalization, and jobs moving to India and China. So one thing that has to be done is get the word out that IT jobs, and jobs that pay well, ARE here. The fact that women are viewed as being capable, and are welcome has to be driven home.
This is probably not enough. Moshe Vardi has been named as the head of Job Migration Task Force, just created by ACM. He argues that there has to be a new focus on IT education, whereby IT training is integrated with traditional business, communication, and interpersonal skills. Several universities in the US are designing quite new programs.
We cannot afford to be complacent in Canada. And it is important that the changes are also directed to community colleges, and Quebec's CGEP's as well.”
Kelly continued to share his thoughts in this podcast.
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DISCUSSION: Kelly Gotlieb shares his views and insights about the IT skills shortage and blogs
Computing pioneer and CIPS Fellow (FCIPS), Kelly Gotlieb is currently Professor Emeritus in Computer Science and in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto (UT). He is a computing pioneer, whose innovations and accomplishments helped lay the foundation of an entire worldwide industry, educational stream, and profession.
Have a look at this blog to find out more about Kelly:http://blogs.technet.com/cdnitmanagers/archive/2006/09/29/459971.aspx________________________I also encourage you to share your thoughts here on these interviews or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.________________________Thank you,Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P.