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JUL 2018

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10 G.I. JOBS | JULY 2018 | GIJOBS.COM TRANSITION CAREER COACH BY CHARLES EATON, CREATING IT FUTURES Learn how you can get trained for a career in technology. FREE PROGRAM HELPS VETERANS BECOME 'IT-READY' To help address this concern, Creating IT Futures, a tech workforce charity founded by CompTIA, launched IT-Ready, a tech training program for adults in transition. We believe a fantastic way to help fill the tech skills gap is providing groups currently under- represented in technology fields – such as women, people of color and veterans – with more opportunities to learn IT career skills. Veterans are an important part of our mission. Today, just over 10 percent of IT-Ready participants are veterans, and we're eager to expand this group. Why? Because, in our seven-year experience with the program, we've discovered people with military experience make great technologists. Who is a technologist? We believe technologists are defined by these five traits, which they share with many veterans of military service: • A Technologist Thinks Strategy First — Before they start working, technologists step back and plan – just as veterans learned to do during their service. • A Technologist Has a Passion for Solving Problems and a General Curiosity — Technologists don't see problems as obstacles to avoid; they consider problems opportunities for solutions. • A Technologist Sees Technology in a Constructive Context — Technologists appreciate that, in the broadest sense, THE TRANSITION FROM MILITARY to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. Are you having trouble finding a job with family-sustaining wages? Or do you feel stuck in your current position and want to make a career move? In either case, I have great news for you: There are a lot of opportunities waiting for you in information technology (IT). In any given quarter there are more than 500,000 IT job postings nationwide. And if you are tired of relocating, I have more good news: Those half a million jobs are spread across all 50 states, which means it's likely you won't have to go too far to find IT work. According to research by my organization, CompTIA, a worldwide nonprofit IT trade association, nearly three-quarters of businesses (across a range of sizes and sectors) report relying heavily on technology to meet business goals and objectives. Yet these same employers cite a lack of qualified people to fill hundreds of thousands of open positions working with technology. Moreover, it's a problem about half (46 percent) of business leaders polled expect to become worse with time (see "Skills Gap" bar chart on page 12.) .

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