Gary Kildare, IBM VP for Human Resources previously wrote about apprenticeships. This week he blogs about career changes.
At IBM, it is important to us that our workforce reflects the markets we serve. Leaders, who surround themselves with like-minded employees, can’t compete in today’s world of global business. This means we aim to recruit the best people regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
It also means we take on experienced hires who may not have IT backgrounds.
For instance, one of our managing consultants has a background in teaching. He now works with our clients to embed advanced learning technologies and solutions into their business processes.
For a candidate who doesn’t tick all the boxes, demonstrating transferable skills and expertise that will benefit the role they are applying for is important. Once hired, you can work to up-skill and re-skill to further your career.
For people keen to move into the technical side of IT, you can go straight for official qualifications, but there are also many free resources available for you to gauge if a field is right for you. For instance, the IBM DeveloperWorks site offers free of charge tutorials, demonstrations and access to social networking with thousands of developers across the world.