Bonnie Tyler starts her song, ‘I Need a Hero’ with the lyrics, ” Where have all the good men gone and where are all the Gods?”
Now, coming from someone who just watched that music video for the first time while trying to get the lyric exactly right (1984, need I say more?) I don’t know if we have that kind of desperation, but it does strike a particular chord in our current hiring climate.
I know we’re not unique in our hiring woes. Heck, the whole world is hurting for new hires right now. But somehow, this problem doesn’t feel recent in the IT and insurance world. I’m guessing you’re probably in the same boat?
The IT Industry is Crying Out for Help!
The continued growth and reliance on technology opens new technology and IT-related jobs every day. There’s just one problem – the pool of IT talent doesn’t match the demand – in quantity nor quality.
This IT talent gap causes problems for companies looking to keep pace with continuously changing technology. They need people with necessary skills to maintain their technology infrastructure and troubleshoot issues while remaining efficient. Yet fewer and fewer professionals have the multi-disciplinary and technical skills required to fill these roles, especially in smaller and less populated regions. We’re based in rural Wisconsin and have personally struggled with this pain point.
Closing the Gap
But we’re not all doom and gloom – hope is out there! The good news is that perceptions of IT are changing! While some still think of the IT department haunting the basement with pocket protectors and oversized glasses, that’s far from the case in most businesses. Thanks to Silicon Valley tech boom and increased access to coding instruction, IT is – dare I say it, COOL!
” We need people to realize that technology careers are no longer about sitting in a windowless room and writing lines of code. The field is so broad – whether it’s e-commerce, business analysis, traditional technology or graphic arts – there are many facets and ways we are touched by technology.”
– Michelle Schuler, director of business development with Excelion Partners, co-founder of the Northeast Wisconsin chapter of Women in Technology, and advocate of the IT Alliance.
In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and IT occupations is projected to grow 13% from 2020-2030, adding at least 667,000 new jobs. If you’re looking to make your move, now is the time to take a peek at a career in IT. And if you’re an executive struggling to find employees, well, we can help you there!
Are you struggling to find developers who...
Fit in well with your current staff?
Have extensive property and casualty insurance experience?
Are fluent in a variety of development tools from Java and .Net to COBOL and RPG?
Are you comfortable working with ‘home-grown’ systems and experienced with vendor systems?
Let us help check off those boxes for you!
Our friendly faces at ASI will learn the ins and outs of your business (and company culture) and quickly become a valuable extension of your internal IT staff. ASI can pick up where your departing experts leave off.