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As A Contractor, Do You Have The "Proper" Type Of Education?

As the disconnect between real world requirements and academia widens in the IT sector, employers are increasingly seeking candidates overseas.


We’re seeing an emerging disconnect between the type of education provided in our schools and colleges and the type of education required by employers in the IT sector. This is leading to what’s being perceived as a skills shortage, yet wherever there’s a problem there’s also an opportunity for those who are well-prepared.

Professional Representation Network is urging contractors who are looking for positions in the IT sector today to ensure that they brush up on their direct and relevant education, in order to take advantage of this emerging situation. Forewarned is forearmed when preparing for the next raft of interviews, to say nothing about increasing the value of your intellectual capital.

Employers are increasingly pointing to the fact that candidates are ill-equipped for the needs of the real world. It seems that the type of education being taught isn’t keeping up with the pace of change in this dynamic business. As this happens an increasing number of graduates find that they cannot land a position. When you see the results of a recent City and Guilds survey, where 80% of employers felt that people with actual work experience were more valuable than those with a particular educational qualification, it’s cause for thought.

This is part of the reason why employers in the IT, digital and information services industry are increasingly looking overseas for potential candidates. Yet as far as the contractor is concerned an adequate amount of preparation here can really pay dividends.

Professional Representation Network strongly advises the contractor to keep up with education on an ongoing basis and to be fully aware of any skill shortages they may have in relation to changes in their chosen sector. Furthermore, PRN calls for employers to get together through trade associations and groups to address why there’s a disconnect between real world and academia, to put pressure to bear to try and close this gap as quickly as possible.

About Professional Representation Network

The Professional Representation Network is a complete contracting provider, providing a variety of services to contractors from varying industries around the world. PRN identifies opportunities, negotiates contracts and provides support to contractors at every stage of the relationship. Relying on 40 years of experience in consulting and representation and access to an established network, PRN brings passion to help develop a contractor’s professional life.


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