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Relocation, Accelerated Training, and Comfortable Workplaces: Ways of Addressing the Lack of IT Specialists in the Labor Market
80,000 IT specialists graduate from Russian universities each year, but even this is far from enough to cover the market’s demand. How to make up for the lack of IT workers and stop them from emigrating? What are the prospects of IT labor market development? HR directors of IT companies, St. Petersburg local government officials and universities representatives have addressed these questions during a panel discussion at the ‘Gigabytes of Offices’ conference.
10 years ago, Yaroslav Pavlov graduated from ITMO’s Business Informatics program; since then, he’s managed to study in three different countries, build a managerial career in the field of IT, and launch one of Russia’s first iMBA programs at the RANEPA Institute. Currently, Mr. Pavlov is head of his own project that helps Russian business schools and companies get distance education processes up and running. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the expert spoke about the common problems that managers working in IT face, the specific features of Russian business schools, and why blended learning will become all the more popular in educational establishments.
On March 26, ITMO University turned 118. One of the best presents was from its alum Yuri Luzhkov, who gave the university the domain name itmo.ru. The transfer was managed by ITMO University Alumni Association and in part funded by ITMO Endowment Fund. As a student at the Department of Computational Technologies, Luzhkov created and developed an alternative, student portal. In the early 2000’s, before the rise of social networks, students could find study materials, share music and make friends at itmo.ru. Here’s how the first student-driven site was created, what kind of content was popular 15 years ago and what current university sites should look like.
Dmitry Moscovich, CIO at Gazprom Transgaz Saint-Petersburg, on Introducing IT Systems at Enterprises
In 10-12 years, there will be a great demand for specialists who can develop IT systems for business processes, believes Dmitry Moscovich, CIO at Gazprom Transgaz Saint-Petersburg. During a guest lecture at the Department of Information Systems and Technologies in High-Tech Business, he gave advice to novice specialists in this field, and expanded on the internships that the company offers to students.
Today’s computers allow us to conduct the most complex genomic research, and specialized software has long bested humans at chess and Go. Still, though we’ve lost to machines in terms of processing speed, our brain still exceeds the most powerful computers in terms of complexity. But do we really know how it works? And how can we apply this knowledge in the conditions of the ever-changing environment? Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Head of St. Petersburg State University’s Department of the Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, talked about the new challenges in cognitive science during an open lecture at ITMO University.
Starting in 2018, all newly-enrolled Bachelor’s and Master’s students at ITMO University will study digital culture regardless of their area of studies and educational program. This new subject will provide them with the skills needed to utilize modern IT tools. The demand for programming skills among employees continues to grow year after year. In this article we’re going to look at why everyone needs to know about programming today, where to begin when studying it, and what makes these new skills useful.
Starting in September 2018, studying a course in Digital Culture will become mandatory for all incoming ITMO students. Since information technologies have entered all aspects of our lives, now every professional has to possess the corresponding competencies. Elena Mikhailova, Advisor to Rector on the Digital Culture program track, shared about this new course and its significance for both ITMO's staff and students.
Why have the business models of such organizations as Uber, Gett and Yandex.Taxi become so successful? How are computational algorithms applied in these services, and how can they help change the future of public transport? Yandex.Taxi’s CEO Tigran Khudaverdyan expanded on these subjects in an open lecture at ITMO University.
Being a programmer at a major company doesn’t mean that you’ll get to relax while writing code and using the technologies you like most; on the contrary, you’ll have to look for new solutions, meet strict deadlines, learn to read code written by others and be really meticulous about the development process. Nikolai Filchenko, senior developer at Yandex, speaks about the issues that novice programmers starting work at major companies have to deal with, and the skills that are essential so as to not lag behind in today’s labor market.
Aleksandr Martynov, Lead Programmer at Netcracker Technology: We Need Programmers Who Understand What They Code For
These days, programmers are expected to not only know how to code, but also be well-versed in the business processes of the field they are working for. A good specialist is someone who can create solutions for unique tasks, effectively communicate with customers, cooperate with colleagues to solve various problems and is not afraid to take initiative. Aleksandr Martynov, lead programmer at Netcracker Technology, an international company that deals in development, introduction, and maintenance of BSS/OSS systems and SDN/NFV solutions, talks to us about how requirements to programmers change over time and what skills every employee of a major IT-company should possess.