I am becoming more aware of the responsibility we have as IT professionals to help high school students and college students better understand the benefits of a career in IT. Recent statistics show a decline in enrollment in computer science and MIS degrees. I have already started mentoring existing college students and helping recruit. What I had not thought about is that we can start having the IT governance education and conversation with students in other disciplines now. I just read an article in ComputerWorld by Paul M. Ingevaldson, retired CIO at ACE Hardware. In his article entitled "IT, We Have a Problem -- Revisited" Paul talks about his attempt at lecturing about IT governance to a class of MBA students.
His first attempt failed as the students had the belief that IT should govern itself, just as they would govern their own projects. It was not until he went back and used case studies that the students "got" that IT governance begins at the top of the company and as future business leaders they will play a critical role. I got two ideas out of his article: to begin the IT governance discussion early and to use case studies to drive the point.
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