Bridging the Gap between IT Graduate Profiles and Job Requirements: A Work in Progress

Harry Budi Santoso, Panca O. Hadi Putra

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Abstract

The mismatch between education and job market is a growing phenomenon. The information technology (IT) industry is no exception to this issue. Amidst growing demand of skilled IT graduates, higher education institutions are often not responsive to the needs of the job market. This study is designed to explore the gap between IT education and IT job requirements. Using grounded theory, this study systematically maps the demand of IT graduates in the job market to IT graduate profiles of higher education institutions. This study also evaluates IT graduate profiles against IT certification schemes. The results indicate that mismatch may materialize if higher education institutions do not respond quickly to workforce trends. In the case of this study, the mismatch is evidenced by the emergence of new skill sets such as user experience design and digital marketing that were not fully supported by IT educational curricula. Other trends and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with
Subtitle of host publication7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages145-148
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781538615232
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2018
Event7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Nov 201716 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with: 7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017

Conference

Conference7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period13/11/1716/11/17

Keywords

  • certification
  • graduate profile
  • Information technology
  • IT education
  • IT jobs
  • job profile
  • skilled labor

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