Chicago IT Jobs

October 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

It has been frustrating as a student to hear negative hiring reports after college.  Jobs are harder to find and even more competitive to attain.  In a recent article from the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, October 17th, 2010 an article titled, “Software Engineers Harder to Find: Shortage of Trained IT Talent Challenges Chicago Companies” takes a closer look at IT jobs specific to Chicago.

Author Ann Meyer explains that with the “continued growth of the Internet and mobile technology”, IT professionals are needed.  The short supply of appropriately trained IT professionals is hurting Chicago companies.  Companies, small and large, want to function efficiently with new technology but many are struggling to find the necessary assistance.  Many Chicago companies have started to recruit from out of state, primarily Silicon Valley or the East Coast, but it is also difficult to attract these workers without large benefits.

Chicago has recognized the lack of IT professionals and has taken steps to help.  A Chicago Career Tech training program was launched, funded by the city of Chicago.  The training program aims to train 2,100 workers through a six-month retraining session with the first class of 165 students expecting to graduate soon.  Communication between local colleges and companies has also improved to assist in preparing new trained IT professionals.

It does seem intimidating to understand that companies want the best developers in order to stay cutting edge but because “fewer young adults entered the profession,” the outlook is still positive.  Gaining experience through internships is encouraged and do not forget companies want people who are willing to try, learn, and hopefully ready to impact a company in a large way.  Take a look at the original article and let’s go Chicago!

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