Hundreds of thousands of information technology and computer-related jobs are currently unfilled in
Those were two of many promising messages that information systems and other business students heard at the 8th Annual
Even more good news was supplied by
The panel featured moderator
Before the panel began, co-presidents of the CU Denver chapter of the
Hellmuth started the panel discussion off by contrasting the national unemployment rate -- 7.3 percent -- to the current unemployment rates for web developers and network/computer system administrators -- just 1.8 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.
"As you can see, having a background in technology, having certain skills and taking relevant courses will obviously prepare you for your job search," Hellmuth said. "Having a little bit more technology background is only going to increase your chances of getting a new opportunity."
Guthrie, technical evangelist for
"The good news is a technology is a technology career is not only pretty interesting and dynamic in the short term, but it has a lot of future potential as well," Guthrie said.
The panelists provided a wide range of information, including what skills employers are looking for, how to position yourself as a top candidate, and job-location trends in technology. They pointed out that current employment statistics show that the trend of jobs being shipped overseas does not apply to the technology sector.
The jobs are available in this country. "If you have a passion for health care, or higher ed, or another area, if you've got a business background and strong IT skills you can take that and apply it to many different types of industries," Coury, of
Cullop, with DaVita, added, "It's smart to take a look at companies and industries that you want to be in and then get your LinkedIn account going or find ways to meet people who work for that company."
All of the executives emphasized the importance of taking the initiative in landing internships, joining professional organizations, networking, and making an impact in technology areas both inside and outside the classroom in order to set yourself apart in the job search.
One student asked if a college degree is necessary to achieve success in information systems and technology. The panelists unanimously said it is. "If you don't have organizational skills, if you can't sell your ideas to other people with negotiation, communication and presentation skills, you're not going to have a sustainable job in the future," Rod, of
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