By Julia Kanouse, CEO, Illinois Technology Association (ITA)
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand for new IT workers will grow 13% by 2026, that’s faster than the average for all jobs, making recruitment become a top-of-mind concern for employers.
To source workers, tech companies across the U.S. are turning to alternative recruitment strategies, one of them being job shadow programs for students. These programs provide opportunities to students at both the high school and collegiate level to experience what it’s like to work in the industry. The end goal being that if they enjoy their time at your company they might consider a future there.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to run a job shadow program incorrectly. An ill-run program has the potential to turn off potential candidates from your company — but a bad experience can do even more damage. Job shadowing is often students’ first exposure to a professional tech environment and a particularly negative time could deter them from pursuing a tech career in general.