What are the ’5 Cs’ and how can they help close the IT skills gap?

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July 23, 2013
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By now, it is well-established that the IT skills gap is making it increasingly difficult for tech executives to find top talent from the IT channel. The debate about its existence is over, but now the question becomes, how do we fix it? That is a question that long-time IT industry journalist Gary Beach is trying to answer.

Last week, Beach was interviewed in the New York Times while he does press for his new book, "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America's Future." The book is the result of six years of research.

According to Beach, the skills gap is really an education gap. The United States cannot keep up with China or India when it comes to creating a large volume of engineers. Instead, it must focus on innovation and other skill sets. This includes the "5 Cs"—critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and confidence.

"A nation whose citizens excel in the 5 Cs, but not math and science, is a nation of liberal arts majors! A nation of math and science wizards who can't think, communicate, collaborate or create, is a nation of machines," Beach said. "The successful countries of the 21st century will, and must, do both well."

Finding these hybrid professionals is increasingly difficult. That is why many businesses are turning toward VARs and MSPs to meet growing IT challenges. Solution providers that have partnered with VAR Staffing can offer the impactful talent that success in the IT channel demands.

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