The search for the adaptable ICT student

Van Der Vyver, Glen (2009) The search for the adaptable ICT student. Journal of Information Technology Education, 8 (1). pp. 19-28. ISSN 1547-9714


The ‘new’ ICT professional should be an articulate problem-solver who understands business and technology, in particular how technology can solve business problems. Furthermore, the ideal ICT student should be adaptable. The adaptable student embraces change, learns quickly, understands the job market, thrives on variety, is autonomous, predicts change, and acts as a change agent in the organization.
This study examines the adaptability of a sample of second-year Australian ICT students. The evidence suggests that these students are less adaptable than might be expected of people who have chosen to study a subject characterized by change. One reason for this might be the fact that these students have limited knowledge about the realities of work in ICT beyond negative perceptions
about stress and long hours. A small number of more mature students with some work experience appear to be more adaptable.
An interesting paradox emerges. Younger students in particular appear to be highly adaptable in their personal lives and seek careers that maximize personal choice. On the other hand, they still prefer a degree of stability, a relatively defined career path, job security, and a career that is relatively stable.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2010 10:14
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 23:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT career, change, adaptability, ICT profession, student
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460999 Information systems not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development

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