Across the nation, organizations struggle to fill key IT vacancies. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the US economy will require 100,000 new IT workers per year over the next 10 years, but only 60,000 new IT employees enter the workforce annually. This gap has pushed tech companies to explore new recruitment methods, and many have turned to job shadow programs to fill their pipelines.
Introducing a job shadow program at the high school and collegiate levels can provide the boost your company needs to win over tomorrow’s tech workers. However, when managed incorrectly, job shadow programs can actually end up alienating the very talent you hope to attract. Shadowing is often the first contact future staffers have with your company, and a bad experience can discourage students from applying to work for you after graduation.