IT Pros: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 07-10-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Top Skills to Advance Your Career

    Asked to choose the three skills and attributes they think most worthwhile for moving their careers forward, respondents answered: Being business savvy: 57%, Influencing others: 50%, Building relationships: 49%, Team leadership: 37%, Critical thinking: 33%
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    Business Skills Trounce Technical Know-How
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    Business Skills Trounce Technical Know-How

    If they had to say whether business knowledge or technical knowledge was more important to advancing their career, a whopping 87% of respondents said business knowledge.
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    Where to Acquire Business Skills

    Responses about where to get business skills depend on whether an IT professional works for a hierarchical or flat company. At more hierarchical companies, people look to their managers or to no one. At flat companies, IT professionals look outside for a mentor, executive coach or peer.
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    Wandering IT Pros

    IT professionals are restless. 90% of respondents have been in IT for more than 10 years, but 65% of them have been in their current position for less than five years.
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    Most IT Pros Expect To Leave Within Two Years

    One third of respondents expect to leave their job within the year. Two-thirds say within two years. 16% in the next six months, 19% in the next year ,27% in the next two years, 13% in the next five years, 15% have no timeline, 10% have no plans to leave
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    Expecting Versus Wanting To Leave

    Asked when they want to leave, as opposed to expect to leave, 46% said they wanted to move within the year.
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    Why the Eagerness to Move?

    47% of respondents say they have to leave their current company in order to move up the ladder.
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    Learning, Not Dollars, Top Priority

    Respondents most often named "more opportunities to learn" among the top three choices for what would positively affect their jobs and lives. Second was "more positive feedback from the business side of the organization" and third was "more challenging work opportunities."
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    How to Keep Your Talent

    If you want to retain IT talent, don't just nurture their technical side. Help them develop the soft skills usually associated with other parts of the business.
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    Developing Your Own Career

    The report cautions: "Be aware that while your current company may not have specific opportunities for developing soft skills, others may not either."
 

As IT has become integrated into businesses and is no longer considered a department of antisocial nerds, IT professionals are seeking ways to learn business skills. But many IT pros think that to get them, or to advance their career, they must leave their present company. A new study, "Hello, I Must Be Going: Hard Facts on Soft Skills," by Wisegate Research, says 62% of respondents expect to leave within the next two years. Wisegate surveyed hundreds of seasoned IT professionals, most of who work in finance and insurance, government, and manufacturing. Besides an analysis of why IT professionals want to leave their companies, the report examines how seriously respondents think IT departments are taken by the rest of their company. "As IT … gains mainstream respect and credibility across business units, IT professionals are now in the position to gain and exert influence within their companies," the report says. "They have already started down this path; as their ability to interact grows, this can only be good for the business." To read the full report (registration required), click here

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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