Forecast Bright for New IT College Grads

Susan Hall
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Though the economy remains sluggish - and hiring even more so in the economy overall - the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report found projected IT hiring to increase in the first quarter.

 

The survey of 1,400 U.S. CIOs found a net 10 percent increase in the number expecting to hire, up 4 percentage points from the previous quarter. With many companies starting a new fiscal year, it makes sense that hiring can take place now. (According to reCareered, hiring might actually be taking place even this close to the holidays.)

 

This Network World article projects a strong market for entry-level IT workers in 2012. It quotes Matt McGee, vice president of technical staffing services for Cincinnati-based Pomeroy, saying:

If you're in IT, you couldn't be coming out of college at a better time. You can get a job somewhere, but you need to choose wisely. ... You need to get someplace where you can see a growth path and where you're going to learn a lot over the next year or two.

The article also quotes Dice.com Managing Director Alice Hill advising new college graduates to negotiate hard on beginning salary. She puts that average starting IT salary at $47,000, though in engineering, it's $57,644, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.


 

For managers, in a long piece at ere.net, John Sullivan delves into the short-term and long-term benefits of choosing new college grads rather than more experienced talent, calling his article a "business case." Some readers were incensed though, feeling that Sullivan, a former Silicon Valley talent pro who's now a professor of management at San Francisco State University, had dissed more experienced workers and even that his reasoning amounted to blatant age discrimination.



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