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Graduates avoid 'geeky' IT
Thursday, 08 November 2007
IT is considered by four fifths (78 per cent) of graduates as the geekiest profession, according to a new study which revealed the extent to which young people are reluctant to pursue a career in the technology industry.
Recruitment agency Just IT questioned 150 male and females who had graduated since 2005, learning that negative perceptions of IT persist and that 56 per cent of graduates have never even considered applying for a technology job.
Compared to engineering, accountancy and banking which were all considered to be "very well paying", IT was also seen to be only "quite well paid", while 62 per cent believed that an IT position would give them little chance for interaction with other people.
"This survey highlights the challenge facing HR departments across the IT industry," explained Sunil Duggal, managing director of Just IT. "The graduate perception is that working in technology involves a very technical and boring career.
"This perception is all wrong for the majority of IT jobs out there. More than ever before, IT teams and consultants, and tech support, are working closely together with business executives and playing key roles in the success of an organisation."
He went on to explain that "competitive financial rewards" were part and parcel of this responsibility.