CompTIA has launched an initiative to promote collaboration between the different age groups in the IT industry.
The CompTIA Futures Leaders Community aims to bring together IT professionals aged 35 and under who are looking to grow their careers and connect with peers.
More than 50 people have joined up to the be a part of the community so far.
CompTIA senior vice-president of industry relations Nancy Hammervik said younger IT industry workers are eager to learn from their elders.
“They don’t think they know it all,” she said. “They want mentorship. They want to learn about the channel and the industry; about how to conduct themselves in a business environment; and how to put themselves on a fast track for career advancement.”
The Future Leaders Community will explore a range of issues, including how to make channel companies more prepared to make the most of a multi-generational workforce.
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It will also look at how the newer generations will take on leadership roles as older generations begin to retire, as well as what this means for IT consumption patterns and how the IT industry can best serve this needs.
Business Continuity Technologies senior network engineer Rory Jackson said the firm were keen to get more involved in networking and working collaboratively.
“We want to share with others the different characteristics of this next wave of IT leaders and how our generation consumes information and engages with technology,” he said.
LogMeIn vice-president of channel development Ted Roller said the Future Leaders Community is different because it is more focused on relationships than a particular goal, as enhancing relationships is the goal.
“We all want to learn, grow and contribute," he said. "This group will help foster better relationships, communications and idea sharing between the generations in the IT space.”