First IT Career Camp sub-committee meeting
Date & time: 12th June 2012 (Tue) 02:00pm – 04:00pm
Venue: Plug & Play Technology Garden, The Gardens South Tower, Mid-Valley, Kuala Lumpur

As you may be painfully aware, our talent shortage problem in the IT industry is worsening with fewer quality graduates and fewer students signing up for computer science/IT or related courses each year. The problem is likely due to many root causes, and there isn’t a silver bullet solution in sight.

However, based on conversations with universities, companies, recruiters, students and so on, there is definitely one area that we can all look into: kids not being interested in taking up IT courses in university.

Recently, I became a council member of TeAM and volunteered to look into “Talent Development” together with Yusno Yunos. I would like to ask you to link up with TeAM to work on this area together with us. There are other like-minded, passionate folks in our field/industry who have indicated their interest to participate – I think we need as many as we can find. These include academic staff, technopreneurs, software professionals, security professionals and pretty much anyone in our field.

The first thing on the plate is a Career Camp for pre-university kids at Inti International University. The camp is aimed at inspiring young pre-U kids to encourage them to take up IT courses. Perhaps by showing them what it means by a career in IT, what they can do and really, what inspires us to be doing what we are doing today. While this first pilot will take place in Inti (venue and food sponsored by them), our objective is to create a format that we can deliver to other schools and preferably, to secondary school kids.

We will do a meetup early June to gather those who’d like to join us. Please let me know your thoughts on this and whether you would like to work together on this (hope you do!). Feel free to forward this to other people who may be keen to contribute as well.

Ching Yee

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