IT Careers: There’s More to an IT Career Than Technology
As IT roles move up the value chain, companies like Johnson & Johnson, State Street, W.W. Grainger, General Mills and Xerox are looking to hire smart, tech-savvy, collaborative business professionals for 20- or 30-year multifaceted careers, not for IT jobs.
Computerworld — As IT roles move up the value chain, companies like Johnson & Johnson, State Street (STT), W.W. Grainger (GWW), General Mills and Xerox are looking to hire smart, tech-savvy, collaborative business professionals for 20- or 30-year multifaceted careers, not for IT jobs.
“I believe the idea of hiring people for a job is well past,” says LaVerne Council, CIO at Johnson & Johnson. Instead, Council and other savvy IT and business leaders are more focused than ever on developing sophisticated job-rotation programs and flexible career paths that offer employees exposure and experience throughout the enterprise and significantly boost their opportunities to move up and branch out within the company over time.
“We have a talent management process where we help people coach their careers into various different roles — business to IT, and IT to the business. But we do it as well within IT, from infrastructure to applications to change management and to all of the other various functions within IT,” says W.W. Grainger CIO Tim Ferrarell.
So far, it’s a strategy that appears to be working. Ferrarell, for example, started out at Grainger in merchandising and product management, then progressed through marketing and strategy before moving to IT seven years ago. Grainger’s CEO, Jim Ryan, is a former CIO.
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