Everyone has a role in bringing new minds into technology, said CompTIA community’s leader Kathleen Martin. “Parents, educators and businesses—yes, you—can play a key role in inviting people into the tech workforce,” she said. For IT companies, it starts with undoing some of the traditional hiring practices. Here are four tips for those hiring and looking to add new points of view to the industry.
Celebrate All Sorts of Education
About a third of adults who’d like to be in IT are afraid they can’t because they don’t have a four-year degree, according to research from CompTIA in The Role of the Confidence Gap in Tech Career Development. It’s possible to have a successful tech career without a computer science degree—plenty of MSPs have run companies for decades on their hard-learned knowledge without a degree to back it up. So why do so many IT job applications require a college degree?