Preventing lack of IT resources

22,500 is the number of students that every year enroll for undergraduate courses related to computer science

22,500 is the number of students that every year enroll for undergraduate courses related to computer science according to the Chamber of Software and Computer Services (CESSI) in Argentina. This industry employs more than 62,000 Argentinians and it is still rising. The IT market has full employment and it is growing to an extent that most students begin their professional experience before they graduate.
Due to authorities fear of the future lack of human resources many plans are being applied to prevent this. The Ministry of education has encouraged the creation of technical careers and short programs of two years in 80 universities and graduate study centers. Also, it has also launched a scholarship program for students for computer careers computer science careers.

Young people need to be encouraged to study these types of careers. In addition, companies have little interest of potential human resources outside of the main metropolitan areas. Sometimes, in the rest of the country students don´t know about the existence of these careers and rather pursue a traditional study. So in this aspect it would be really useful to inform the increasing demand of the industry.
Programming skills which are in the hot spot lately, are learned by many young people in college. There is also some demand in infrastructure and security.
Programming is the base of the pyramid. Usually the person that begins as a programmer then seeks to rise to positions of higher responsibility and payment. But the problem is that companies usually search for engineers or degrees profiles to cover the programming positions.
Companies must understand that engineers are not necessary for every position. On the contrary, a technical that did a short program can find high motivations for this job. Recruitment must be focused in terms of skills and not degrees. Instead developers or programmers of more complex applications require expertise beyond the master of a language, of infrastructure and of architecture. In this case the profile of an university professional has a wider vision that allows him to take part in those developments.
María Clelia Odicino, Academic Secretary of the Universidad de Palermo said: “we always work with the curriculum of the CESSI because we want our students to have a professional profile that allows them to work immediately and be updated. We know  technical studies are new and  they are starting to develop, but this trend is evolving successfully”.
The country has an enormous possibility to keep growing its IT related jobs. As the economy continuous blooming, more and more high-skills for IT people are going to be neeed.

By Andrea Sanchez

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