When a salary rise alone is not enough
However, there are two sides to every story. What constitutes a professional prospect for some, might be a source of challenge for others. We’re talking about recruiters here.
A booming IT industry generates new job positions, that are increasingly harder to fill with qualified workers. The best ones, highly qualified and versatile, find jobs immediately, quite often abroad – says Remigiusz Efinowicz, Hicron’s Board Member – For this reason it is worth looking for rough diamonds – talented individuals without experience. People at the beginning of their career are easier to shaped and train. Here in Hicron we pay a lot of attention to training and internship programs, that are in all honesty, quite hard to qualify for, but which for a lot of people end up with the signing of a contract. The job offer alone stands out on the market since it involves participation in IT system development for some of the largest companies in western Europe: among others MAN Group, Volvo, etc. – he adds. Currently the company employs 230 people, 50 of which joined the team last year.
Companies try to attract the best students and graduates mainly through cooperation with higher education institutions. With these people in mind they create a complex internship system or organise competitions that let them fish out young talents. The majority of such programmes in the IT companies are paid, which is an additional motivation to work.
Students, graduates, experienced specialists
Students and graduates can certainly also be encouraged or motivated to work for profits as in paid internships, if the perspective of further employment or the company’s reputation come into play. Experienced specialists are usually harder to find. Most IT companies have similar, high-level compensation systems, social benefits or healthcare. As a result, IT employees consider these elements as standard and pay added attention to their ability to fulfil their own professional ambitions and passions. What do employers do to meet these needs and expectations?
An example to follow can be found among the winners of the “Best Polish Employers 2012” competition –- companies which actively try to work with the expectations, talents and aspirations of each employee to use them to the fullest in future organisational needs. Training can be one way to do this. Such initiatives benefit both sides. Participants can work for instance on soft skills development, which most often include time management, stress management, interpersonal communication, but also less common skills, such as, pilot training or yoga. Training of this type complements classic educational methods, that have also undergone transformations as well.