The Irish Computer Society has founded the ChooseIT Careers’ Working Group to promote the rewarding and sustainable careers which are available to well-qualified IT graduates. The aim of the initiative is to address the startling reduction in the numbers of students studying Information Technology at third level. ChooseIT has harnessed the energy and efforts of all the stakeholders – the HEA, the universities, the institutes of technology, industry representatives and the Irish Computer Society – in the newly formed ChooseIT Careers’ Working Group, which met for the first time on Wednesday 31st March.
Professor Michael Ryan of Dublin City University, stated at the inaugural meeting, that the scale of the problem had grown incrementally over that last 3 years, and was now reaching crisis proportions. “The universities and colleges have been highlighting this for several years now, but it is only with the co-operation of the IT industry and the professional organisations like the ICS and the ISA that some positive and effective action can be taken. The ChooseIT Careers’ Working Group promises to be an effective co-ordinating body to bring together the experience and expertise of its constituent groups”. The Working Group will exploit the collective expertise of its constituent groups and using its considerable influence, and the ChooseIT brand, will devise a comprehensive campaign to highlight the prospect of rewarding careers in IT. www.ics-skills.ie