What do American IT workers wish for? Lots of them wish they were doing something else is the answer.
A new survey of US university graduates reveals that 40 per cent of IT workers said if they had their time in college again they would pick a less technical subject. Nor would they pick a subject to put them on a career path.
The IT workers surveyed were wistful for enjoyment of life and 70 per cent said that would be the reason for their choice of subject if they could be undergraduates again.
But the grass is not any greener for non-IT graduates. In the poll 50 per cent of their number said if they had their time again they would do the opposite and lean more towards technical expertise such as computer science, medicine or engineering.
The survey, conducted by Market Research Institute for Fairfax, Virginia-based George Mason University, polled 400 college graduates between the ages of 30 and 55 who had been out of university at least 10 years but were currently employed.
"It seems that non-technical people want to know more about technology, while technology people are finding there's more to life than bits and bytes," said Dr. Alan Merten, the university's president, who commissioned the Lifetime Learning Survey.
The IT graduates were not only yearning for years of liberal arts at college - many said they wanted to get into another line of work. The survey found that IT workers were almost twice as likely to switch careers as the non-IT employee, with one in three expected to make a career change in the future.
"The results suggest that employees are more restless than in the past and that companies, especially in the critically short-staffed high-tech industries, may want to take a hard look at their retention efforts," said Dr. Merten.
The survey revealed that all the workers would be more loyal to their employers if the companies paid for ongoing education. It revealed also that 57 per of the total number had taken university level courses since graduation, most to advance their careers.
However 31 per cent of the IT workers had taken courses for personal rather than professional reasons, which was 9 per cent more than their non-IT counterparts.
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