Session 6: June 6th, 2018
‘CLOSING THE IT TALENT GAP IN THE PHILIPPINES’ with the ORTUS CIO GROUP
The Ortus CIO Club held its sixth session the past 8th of June, discussing on “Closing the IT Talent Gap in The Philippines”. During this breakfast discussion, CIOs from prominent firms in Manila sat down to speak of the present talent gap amongst young IT professionals and the concerns that it brings up in the IT sector of the country.
The Philippines is undergoing a shift in its business environment, transitioning itself into paperless processing, electronic platforms and embracing the growth of its Information Technology sector. With these new developments, companies find themselves suddenly needing an influx of the right people to manage these adjustments and run it to the best of their abilities. One concern, however, is that despite this growth in technology, there is a noticeable gap in today’s talent pool, leaving IT leaders floundering for solutions.
FOSTERING IT TALENT
One of the bigger challenges discussed during the session was the foundation on which the talent pool of today is built upon. Criticism towards educational institutions was exchanged, stating that although many students are leaning towards the IT field, the curriculum offered to them does not foster the skill set needed by companies at present. Skills such as critical thinking, listening, and comprehension should be a focus even at a young age, they shared, and are traits that are hard to foster if without a strong base. Another skill that is severely lacking in the Filipino youth is the skill of interpersonal communication. Even if they were equipped with the skills needed to survive in an IT environment, thriving in businesses require being able to communicate ideas both efficiently and effectively. This skills gap leaves many unfit for the prospective job roles on demand after they graduate.
Because of this problem, the participants that attended the June session of the CIO group shared how their organizations attempted to solve this particular skill gap. They spoke of 3 targets, the students, the instructors and the governing agencies.