Recession pushes IT professionals into classroom


Recession pushes IT professionals into classroom

Karl Flinders

A massive proportion of IT professionals are considering studying for new qualifications during the current recession to improve their chances in the job market.

According to research from the IT Job Board, 83% of IT professionals are thinking about gaining new qualifications.

Of these, 37% said they hoped to improve their chances of getting a job and 29% wanted to broaden their skills.

In terms of updated their CV, 46% of respondents said they would highlight the number of years of experience they have, while 34% considered it important to show relevant IT qualifications.

The study also revealed that 100% of recruiters said candidates highlighting their additional IT qualifications would stand a better chance of securing a job, and those with certifications that supported experience would progress further.

"It is clear that representatives from across the IT sector are placing real emphasis on the need for employees to broaden their skillset, and demonstrate a deep level of knowledge," said Jamie Bowler, head of marketing at The IT Job Board.

"IT professionals who fail to keep up-to-speed with industry changes and new qualifications risk the possibility of missing out on new jobs to those taking a more serious and planned approach to developing their careers," he added.

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