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Half a million open positions working with technology go unfilled in the U.S. during any given quarter – a workforce crisis that threatens to worsen over time as 10s of 1000s of Baby Boomers retire. Who will plug this “Tech Skills Gap?” Technologists -- workers with the optimal mix of hard technical skills and soft business skills for this digital age. Where will we find them? The answers may surprise you. Join Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures, CompTIA’s workforce charity, as he and his expert guests explain and explore issues, ideas and initiatives involved in nurturing our nation’s next wave of technologists.

Latest Episodes

E17: Why Creating Confidence is the Secret to Closing the Tech Skills Gap

The tech skills gap in the U.S. Economy is about numbers, right? Employers have more jobs working with technology available than qualified candidates to fill them. Simple, yes? No, says CEO, social innovator and award-winning author Charles Eaton. The tech skills gap is a challenge with a complex mix of perceptions, biases and misconceptions confronting aspiring technologists and employers alike.

11 MIN6 days ago
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E17: Why Creating Confidence is the Secret to Closing the Tech Skills Gap

E16: Flying in Formation: How Technologists across Industries Can Narrow the IT Skills Gap (Guest Interview: Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships, CompTIA)

Clever ducks fly in formation, working together to go farther, faster. How can this principle from nature be applied to narrowing the IT Skills Gap?Amy Kardel, CompTIA’s new Vice President of Strategic Workforce Relationships, has some answers in this guest interview from the recent ChannelCon conference.

8 MINAUG 31
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E16: Flying in Formation: How Technologists across Industries Can Narrow the IT Skills Gap (Guest Interview: Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships, CompTIA)

E15: Why Employers Seeking Cybersecurity Talent Look First for Soft Business Skills (Guest Interview: Todd Thibodeaux, CEO CompTIA)

What cybersecurity skills are most in-demand in today’s IT job market? Building firewalls? Spotting malware? Penetration testing? None of above, says our guest expert CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux, who believes soft business skills – such as researching, writing, teaching, learning and collaborating – are what set candidates apart from the cybersecurity crowd in the eyes of employers.

11 MINJUL 24
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E15: Why Employers Seeking Cybersecurity Talent Look First for Soft Business Skills (Guest Interview: Todd Thibodeaux, CEO CompTIA)

E14: How Technologists Make Unconscious Attitudes & Behaviors Conscious (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 5)

Great technologists hold themselves to standards that don’t tolerate racism, sexism, ageism or any approach that demeans others inside or outside their organizations. How? Award-winning author, social innovator and CEO Charles Eaton says technologists foster and support business cultures of diversity and inclusion by planning for them, talking about them and working at them.

7 MINJUN 18
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E14: How Technologists Make Unconscious Attitudes & Behaviors Conscious (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 5)

E13: Why You Don’t Have to Love Tech for a Successful Career Working with Technology (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 4)

Ever heard the expression “Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life?” Nonsense, says CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, who explains the real secrets to a successful career working with technology. Hint: It’s not about having a passion for gadgets.

9 MINJUN 1
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E13: Why You Don’t Have to Love Tech for a Successful Career Working with Technology (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 4)

E12: How to Tell the Difference between Good Failures and Bad Ones (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 3)

The measure of success is avoiding failure, right? Wrong, says CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, especially when working with technology. True technologists, Eaton explains, not only admit failure, they embrace it.

9 MINAPR 30
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E12: How to Tell the Difference between Good Failures and Bad Ones (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 3)

E11: How to Nurture the Next Generation of Women Technologists – Before They Reach High School

Research shows that girls can lose interest in pursuing tech careers sometime between age 9 and the 9th grade. How can U.S. businesses prevent this potential loss of tech talent before these young women reach high school? Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO of IT consulting firm Chariot Solutions, shares the mission of TechGirlz (www.techgirlz.org) the non-profit organization she founded and Creating IT Futures recently acquired.

17 MINMAR 29
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E11: How to Nurture the Next Generation of Women Technologists – Before They Reach High School

E10: How Technologists Will Master Artificial Intelligence with Passion & Curiosity (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 2)

How is working with artificial intelligence like training a dog? Answers to this question and other insights from CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, about the ways technologists contribute not only to the business realm, but our society at large.

10 MINFEB 28
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E10: How Technologists Will Master Artificial Intelligence with Passion & Curiosity (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 2)

E09: How to Train a Technologist Using Fortnite (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 1)

Is the popular online video game Fortnite training your teen to become a technologist? Maybe, says CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, but not likely without some encouragement from you. (Read more about the “5 Traits of Technologists on the award-winningInspiring Successblog from Creating IT Futures at https://www.creatingitfutures.org/resources/blog/creating-it-futures/2016/11/14/who-is-a-technologist-)

12 MINJAN 31
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E09: How to Train a Technologist Using Fortnite (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 1)

E08: Everyday Lessons in “Diversity & Inclusion” for the Tech Industry (Excerpts from the IT-Ready Employer Panel – Part 3)

Technology is rapidly transforming our workplaces – from how we work to where we work. But is the culture of those workplaces transforming at the same frenzied pace? Listen to a panel of HR and technology leaders assembled by Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready education, training and job placement program explain the tricks and traps of evolving workplace culture every day on the job.

12 MIN2018 DEC 22
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E08: Everyday Lessons in “Diversity & Inclusion” for the Tech Industry (Excerpts from the IT-Ready Employer Panel – Part 3)

Latest Episodes

E17: Why Creating Confidence is the Secret to Closing the Tech Skills Gap

The tech skills gap in the U.S. Economy is about numbers, right? Employers have more jobs working with technology available than qualified candidates to fill them. Simple, yes? No, says CEO, social innovator and award-winning author Charles Eaton. The tech skills gap is a challenge with a complex mix of perceptions, biases and misconceptions confronting aspiring technologists and employers alike.

11 MIN6 days ago
Comments
E17: Why Creating Confidence is the Secret to Closing the Tech Skills Gap

E16: Flying in Formation: How Technologists across Industries Can Narrow the IT Skills Gap (Guest Interview: Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships, CompTIA)

Clever ducks fly in formation, working together to go farther, faster. How can this principle from nature be applied to narrowing the IT Skills Gap?Amy Kardel, CompTIA’s new Vice President of Strategic Workforce Relationships, has some answers in this guest interview from the recent ChannelCon conference.

8 MINAUG 31
Comments
E16: Flying in Formation: How Technologists across Industries Can Narrow the IT Skills Gap (Guest Interview: Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships, CompTIA)

E15: Why Employers Seeking Cybersecurity Talent Look First for Soft Business Skills (Guest Interview: Todd Thibodeaux, CEO CompTIA)

What cybersecurity skills are most in-demand in today’s IT job market? Building firewalls? Spotting malware? Penetration testing? None of above, says our guest expert CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux, who believes soft business skills – such as researching, writing, teaching, learning and collaborating – are what set candidates apart from the cybersecurity crowd in the eyes of employers.

11 MINJUL 24
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E15: Why Employers Seeking Cybersecurity Talent Look First for Soft Business Skills (Guest Interview: Todd Thibodeaux, CEO CompTIA)

E14: How Technologists Make Unconscious Attitudes & Behaviors Conscious (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 5)

Great technologists hold themselves to standards that don’t tolerate racism, sexism, ageism or any approach that demeans others inside or outside their organizations. How? Award-winning author, social innovator and CEO Charles Eaton says technologists foster and support business cultures of diversity and inclusion by planning for them, talking about them and working at them.

7 MINJUN 18
Comments
E14: How Technologists Make Unconscious Attitudes & Behaviors Conscious (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 5)

E13: Why You Don’t Have to Love Tech for a Successful Career Working with Technology (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 4)

Ever heard the expression “Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life?” Nonsense, says CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, who explains the real secrets to a successful career working with technology. Hint: It’s not about having a passion for gadgets.

9 MINJUN 1
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E13: Why You Don’t Have to Love Tech for a Successful Career Working with Technology (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 4)

E12: How to Tell the Difference between Good Failures and Bad Ones (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 3)

The measure of success is avoiding failure, right? Wrong, says CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, especially when working with technology. True technologists, Eaton explains, not only admit failure, they embrace it.

9 MINAPR 30
Comments
E12: How to Tell the Difference between Good Failures and Bad Ones (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 3)

E11: How to Nurture the Next Generation of Women Technologists – Before They Reach High School

Research shows that girls can lose interest in pursuing tech careers sometime between age 9 and the 9th grade. How can U.S. businesses prevent this potential loss of tech talent before these young women reach high school? Tracey Welson-Rossman, CMO of IT consulting firm Chariot Solutions, shares the mission of TechGirlz (www.techgirlz.org) the non-profit organization she founded and Creating IT Futures recently acquired.

17 MINMAR 29
Comments
E11: How to Nurture the Next Generation of Women Technologists – Before They Reach High School

E10: How Technologists Will Master Artificial Intelligence with Passion & Curiosity (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 2)

How is working with artificial intelligence like training a dog? Answers to this question and other insights from CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, about the ways technologists contribute not only to the business realm, but our society at large.

10 MINFEB 28
Comments
E10: How Technologists Will Master Artificial Intelligence with Passion & Curiosity (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 2)

E09: How to Train a Technologist Using Fortnite (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 1)

Is the popular online video game Fortnite training your teen to become a technologist? Maybe, says CEO, author and social innovator, Charles Eaton, but not likely without some encouragement from you. (Read more about the “5 Traits of Technologists on the award-winningInspiring Successblog from Creating IT Futures at https://www.creatingitfutures.org/resources/blog/creating-it-futures/2016/11/14/who-is-a-technologist-)

12 MINJAN 31
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E09: How to Train a Technologist Using Fortnite (The 5 Traits of Technologists – Part 1)

E08: Everyday Lessons in “Diversity & Inclusion” for the Tech Industry (Excerpts from the IT-Ready Employer Panel – Part 3)

Technology is rapidly transforming our workplaces – from how we work to where we work. But is the culture of those workplaces transforming at the same frenzied pace? Listen to a panel of HR and technology leaders assembled by Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready education, training and job placement program explain the tricks and traps of evolving workplace culture every day on the job.

12 MIN2018 DEC 22
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E08: Everyday Lessons in “Diversity & Inclusion” for the Tech Industry (Excerpts from the IT-Ready Employer Panel – Part 3)