As discussed in Part 1 of our Bridging the Gap series, there is a disconnect between what new computer-science professionals know and what organizations need. But why is this the case? In Part 2 of the series, we dig deeper into the causes of the persistent talent gap in tech.
The main cause of the gap is that the industry doubles in size every five years—meaning 50% of the industry has less than five years of experience. In and of itself, that fact presents a unique challenge for tech relative to other slower-growing industries.
Because tech is constantly evolving, the academic curriculum also must evolve to keep pace. Colleges and universities do a good job preparing students with a foundation, but organizations like Manifest play a critical role by supplementing the foundation with real-world training.
Tech employers are often looking for candidates with three to five years of experience in the field, immediately disqualifying students who are coming right out of college.