Magazine article Talent Development

Turning Gamers' Hobbies into IT Careers

Magazine article Talent Development

Turning Gamers' Hobbies into IT Careers

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According to a 2017 Korn Ferry Hay Group survey of more than 2,100 U.S. companies, 42 percent of organizations can't find qualified candidates for their open IT jobs. And in an April 2017 survey by Robert Half, 24 percent of responding chief information officers listed playing or developing video games as a hobby that could increase the appeal of entry-level IT job seekers. That made it the second-most appealing hobby after web development. So, some people without traditional IT backgrounds might be (literally) gaming themselves into opportunities to train for these positions.

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Apparently, playing video games can cultivate many of the skills a person will use in an IT career. According to John Reed, senior executive director for Robert Half Technology, when gamers spend their time trying to beat new levels and unlock new challenges, it "requires a lot of trial and error, a lot of problem solving." Those capabilities, in turn, "translate directly into the technology field, where you're often using technology to figure out how you solve business problems. …

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