INVESTING IN PEOPLE, NOT UTOPIA
Companies today seem to be wanting the world when they hire people; young millennial, senior level workers. They look for that utopian candidate, already trained with numerous years of experience. Companies no longer want to mold employees into their ideal candidate. Internal training programs have pretty much died. While, I understand they want people who can hit the ground running and can get up to speed in a short period of time, are they shooting themselves by not considering someone who has the knowledge, capability and older, but not necessarily have actual work experience in a work environment?
Companies might advertise a “junior” position, but then demand intermediate or senior level knowledge. Stop saying 0-3 years and then dismiss the 0 to 2 years of experience in that criteria. Frankly, companies don’t know what they want. Companies advertise their utopian wish list, in hopes they will find someone with all their wishes and dismiss the people who have 3 of the no longer find real entry-level or junior openings. So if a person in the IT arena with over 20 years IT experience in various technologies can’t even get in at the entry-level or junior level, how in the hell do you ever expect them to get to the intermediate or senior level? Frankly, I’m thinking my Master’s in Computer and Information Systems was a waste of time and money. All the thousands of dollars investing in books and/or software to learn the new “emerging” technology has all been a waste. Continue reading