SHARE's recent study of 376 IT employers shatters a lot of conventional wisdom about what IT employers are looking for in college graduates. One of the key points to come out of the study is the insatiable demand for basic mainframe skills. Along with skills such as Java, sizable segments of employers still look for skills in COBOL (37%), Assembler (32%), and REXX (27%). In addition, 40% seek skills in managing z/OS internals, such as system error codes, and ECBs. Many respondents are frustrated that these skills are not being taught at colleges. A summary of the 2011 SHARE Skills Survey is publicly available at the SHARE site, and the full report is available to SHARE members.
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