- Eben Upton provides IT jobseekers with advice on how to get on in their careers
- Tech expert thinks programming in schools will happen and dubs Agile ‘a cult of the obvious’
27th November 2012: Raspberry Pi co-creator Eben Upton has shared his thoughts on tech industry job seeking, education and the future of Agile in an exclusive hangout for IT jobseekers organised by CWJobs.co.uk.
During the hangout on Friday 23rd November, Eben Upton talked through his experience of hiring tech candidates and argued that demonstrating an ability to learn news skills is crucial to developing a career in such a fast moving industry.
Eben said: “[Recruiters] should be willing to wave the requirement for a qualification for the right candidate, but you need to demonstrate a real interest in computers. We hire tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, who work on IT projects because they want to. You need to be able to present evidence that you can learn new skills, not showcase old ones.”
Building on these points, Eben points to education at a grass roots level in developing tech enthusiasts, but warned more needs to be done to develop ICT education in schools.
Eben said: “It’s inevitable that programming will be taught in schools. The challenge is to make sure [courses] are appropriate and can be delivered by the teachers we already have in place. Up-skilling teachers to become tech experts is not scalable – but the importance here lies in a good curriculum and basic training for teachers which makes learning satisfactory.”
Supporting data published recently from CWJobs regarding the trajectory of Agile in job postings (+12% year-on-year), Eben stated that: “Smart engineers will be doing it anyway, but the future is bright for it, as it makes sense.”
To see footage from the hangout visit http://www.youtube.com/itrecinsights
Notes to Editors
About the competition
CWJobs gave 9 lucky jobseekers the chance to have their IT career questions answered by Raspberry Pi co-creator Eben Upton. To enter, jobseekers were asked to submit the questions they’d really like answering through CWJobs’ Google+ page, Twitter or via email. Entries closed on Friday 16th November 23.59 GMT and the hangout took place live on Friday 23rd November 2012.
About Eben Upton
Eben Upton is co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation – a charity founded in 2009 to promote the study of basic computer science in schools, and is responsible for developing a single-board computer called the Raspberry Pi.
CWJobs.co.uk is the leading specialist IT recruitment website serving contract and permanent IT jobseekers throughout the UK and Ireland. The site draws over 437,000 unique users each month, attracted by the opportunity to search an average of more than 11,500 IT job opportunities at any one time.