In February, askIT Founder Austin Sanderson joined the CompTIA's annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., advocating for IT sector priorities on Capitol Hill. Alongside CompTIA, the leading IT Trade Industry Association, Austin walked the halls of our nation's capital to discuss important issues related to tech policy. "It was a very rewarding experience", says Sanderson, regarding the trip. "I never considered myself someone to get involved in this way", he adds, "but when you have the opportunity to make a case for policy changes, and can positively impact people in your home state, it is exhilirating".
...but when you have the opportunity to make a case for policy changes, and can positively impact people in your home state, it is exhilirating.
It is highlighted in CompTIA's 2016 Cyberstates report that the highest growing position in SC is for Tech Support Specialists - this is discussed in more detail in a recent askIT blog Trending Tech Jobs. A Support Specialist is a "jack-of-all-trades" IT person, which is what Austin has done for the last 5 years with Clemson University. Confusingly so, Support Specialists do act as generalists, but don't let this fool you: it's a speciality by itself. "As software continues the integration process", Austin says, "we will need more support people". Without proper training, your company will invest money in "grossly underutilized technologies", he says.
Austin's also has strong feelings about tech employment, by adding: "before we go and try to create more jobs, let's worry about filling the jobs that are open today, so the companies have what they need to create more jobs for tomorrow".
"Before we go and try to create more jobs, let's worry about filling the jobs that are open today, so the companies have what they need to create more jobs for tomorrow", says Austin.
"There might be a middle skills gap", he says, "but I believe it's more of a communication gap". He adds: "Our goal is to create a system for knowledge and resource sharing that brings employers, recruiters, technicians, and service providers together in one place". Austin certainly has a fresh and new perspective on talent acquisition, and he is currently creating relationships with area hiring firms, community colleges, and workforce development programs to solve these issues. With his company, Austin is currently developing training curriculums for both employers and employees. Contact the founder directly to learn more about askIT programs.