Results from a HackerRank survey of engineers indicated that the two biggest recruiting challenges facing organisations in 2022 are a general shortage of applicants (41%) and a lack of diversity (28%).
Identifying enough qualified developers, let alone professionals from a variety of backgrounds, can appear to be an overwhelming task. However, this is not necessarily the case. It is only daunting if we take seriously the various myths that exist about the recruitment process. Our research refutes four common misconceptions concerning this sector, which prevent rapidly expanding companies from successfully competing for technical expertise globally.
Myth of the Experienced Programmer
It is widely accepted that expert programmers are not born, but rather they are developed through experience and practice. As such, businesses often hire junior developers with the expectation that they will progress through the ranks and become more experienced senior programmers. While it may be difficult to find highly experienced developers with a reasonable price tag, there are thousands of young, enthusiastic, and capable developers who are eager to contribute their skills and new ideas to a company’s projects. Investing in these young developers is not only a wise move, but also an investment in the growth and success of a business for the future.
It is essential to invest in the long-term health of the Information Technology (IT) sector around the globe. To ensure that the demand for IT positions is met, we must take steps to cultivate and nurture the minds of the younger generations. A research report published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in 2019 estimated that, by the year 2022, there will be a shortage of one million computer-related positions. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to take proactive measures to prevent this gap in the market.
Rather than simply aspiring to fuel the rapid growth of the business, there is a need to focus on equipping new programmers with the skills and knowledge to become successful senior developers. In the modern technology sector, it is not feasible for companies to keep relying on a small group of senior developers, or a limited pool of senior developers with varied skill sets. It is therefore essential to invest in the next generation of developers by providing them with the necessary guidance and support to become the leading figures of the industry in the future. While it may not be possible for a startup to recruit less experienced programmers due to resource constraints, it is the responsibility of larger businesses who have the capability to do so to provide financial support to nurture the upcoming generation of industry leaders.
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