The IT professionals were asked, based upon their own IT experiences, to take the diagram below and write down which qualities would make up the ideal IT student. They were asked to think about this in the context of their IT expertise/specialization (i.e. web, programming, gaming, etc.)
The Ideal IT Student
The infographic above was created based upon the IT industry professional’s input for the final question. The Center director contributed additional qualities based upon IT sector research. It is the culminating product of this report.
IT faculty can think about these attributes and consider how they might embed them as part of the IT student’s classroom experience. IT students can consider how these attributes and the associated actionable qualities can become a part of the principles that guide them on their journey to their ideal IT career pathway.
Building an IT Career-Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond
The Ideal IT Student, Maureen A. Majury, M.Ed.
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More information about our Building an IT Career-Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond
- Building an IT Career Ready Washington: 2015 and Beyond: Introduction
- Section 2. What new technology competencies should the IT graduate be anticipating and searching out to master either in college, a training program, opportunities provided online, or by self-mastery (reading a book, or IT content-specific website)?
- Section 3: Often, IT employers bemoan the lack of innovation and critical thinking in an IT graduate. Why do you think that is? What can a student do to “grow” their own capacity to innovate think critically?
- Section 4: When you are training and/or mentoring a new IT employee, what are the main things you spend the most time on with them to improve their performance?
- Section 5. What Constitutes the Ideal IT Student?
- Section 6: Bryan Stevenson Talks About the Challenges and Opportunities of Creating the Ideal IT Career Pathway
- Section 1. For an IT graduate (whether a 2- or 4-year degree) about to enter the workforce, we asked our IT Professionals what are the top five IT courses and subsequent IT concepts/competencies they should have mastered? For example, networking, programming, database design/development, etc.