Location based information firm ESRI UK has released some interesting research highlighting the importance business leaders now attach to the technology skills of potential employees.
The firm surveyed 200 business leaders and found that 82 per cent think the ideal future manager has an equal understanding of both business and technology.
Meanwhile, business leaders' top priorities for their organisations are those IT perennials of making processes more efficient (nominated by 73 per cent of businesses as important) and delivering more for less (66 per cent).
We often bemoan the fact that not enough IT graduates are coming through university and into the workplace, and that IT professionals tend to be missing essential business skills, but how about turning the argument on its head?
It seems just as important these days in certain professions that non-IT graduates have the requisite technology skills.
The survey of 200 business leaders across the public and private sectors showed that the skills they are looking for in future employees are critical thinking (nominated by 78 per cent of businesses leaders as key for graduates), advanced analytical skills (76 per cent), understanding and interpreting complex data (71 per cent) and advanced technology skills (57 per cent).
Now, the research goes on to say that all of these skills requirements can be met through a geography degree, but there's surely a pretty strong case for saying an IT degree could tick all the boxes too.
It's an interesting argument, as technology related degree courses continue to struggle to attract school leavers.
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