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I recently sat down with Arvind Hickman of HR Magazine UK to discuss the skills gap in the technology sector. We talked about the challenges of filling the critical technology slots that business demands, particularly in developed countries, where the biggest gaps exist.

Cisco has been proactive in surveying the global market, forecasting each country’s future requirements for technology talent and engaging to close the skills gap. We invest in the areas where supply would otherwise fall short of demand, and we work with colleges, the military, and with public -- private partnerships to build the needed training and certification programs. We also recruit people early on, either before college or while in college, to consider technology careers in areas such as security, networking, data analytics and cloud.

Even using international sourcing and early recruiting methods, the world faces a deficit of millions of skilled workers in the technology arena. We currently are facing a more than 1M person gap in Cybersecurity. More than 2M new jobs will be created in this area in the next decade. This leaves an even greater gap in technology as the Internet of Things takes hold.  Based on Cisco’s global reach, perspective and subject matter expertise, I reviewed these steps that education and private organizations can take to help close the skills gaps:

Without a properly educated workforce in place, organizations will have difficulty innovating and prospering. It is incumbent upon the education sector and the private sector to make technology a focus of learning to empower success for generations to come.

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  1. Thats true. With a no plan well created and a good team, prospering will be very hard.


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