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Overheard: Colleges, Computing and a Conundrum


At a time when highly-skilled tech jobs are going unfilled, U.S. colleges and universities are reviewing their approach to building IT and information system skills into undergraduate courses. David Rosenthal, the chair of the computing and decision sciences department in the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, says students aren't flocking to career opportunities that need better promotion, but a bigger problem is lack of interest.

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These positions are going unfulfilled because employers don't want to hire older workers but rather kids fresh from school at a lower cost or use H-1B visas. They also have ridiculous standards for some of these positions. I saw one ad that even insisted applicants have more years of experience with a product than that product has actually existed! Apparently only time travellers need apply.

If they can't find an employee that has 20 years experience with each facet of technology required, plus marketing knowledge, plus experience in the same type of business as the employer, etc. then they need to choose the best qualified of the applicants - you know, the human ones. If there's really something else required, they can - gasp! - learn it. If the position goes unfilled, that means it isn't really necessary.

Posted by Joseph M | Wednesday, December 14 2011 at 4:56PM ET
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