25 June 2008

Whilst perusing the World Wide Web I came across a report by CRAC stating that students think careers in IT are boring. It’s true, there is a certain stigma attached to the computing industry. Everyone thinks we’re geeks, we spend our spare time glued to World of Warcraft and our social skills are non existent.

This stereotype doesn’t exactly exude glamour and it goes a long way to explaining why half of IT employers are currently failing to fill the necessary roles. So, at UKFast, we’re working hard to disprove the theory that jobs in IT are boring and the rewards have been fantastic. We attract plenty of new recruits – over 200 graduates arrived at our latest open day this month – and we’ve picked up some fantastic new talent.

The CRAC Development Director Robin Mellors-Bourne is reported as saying: “Over 60% of non-computing students cited boring work as the main reason they would not join the sector. Employers should be able to counter that kind of perception.”

I agree. It is the responsibility of employers to dispell the myth that jobs in IT are always boring and it pays to take a step back and take a look at what we’re achieving to inspire the youth of today and the brains of tomorrow. At UKFast the technology we deal with makes the internet faster on a daily basis. And the internet is the biggest informational source the world has ever seen. How can crossing new frontiers fail to be exciting?

At UKFast our employees look forward to a five star working environment. Team building activities regularly take place at the Snowdon property and employees benefit from a relaxation room with table tennis, pool and video game facilities.

Because we’re passionate about what we do, we’re happy to invest in people and we offer a fast-paced working environment with fantastic perks, we have no trouble hiring the top IT graduates. I’d encourage others in the industry to do the same. Shout about what your company has to offer and let the world know just how worthwhile and fun a career in IT can be.

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