Ole Mensching

Headhunter Dr. Ole von Mensching on the shortage of skilled workers in the IT sector and what Candidate can do to find a job.

Dr. Ole Mensching studied economics and Psychology, worked at Kienbaum Management Consultants and received his PhD from the University in Cologne and at the University of California, Berkeley, before founding Careerteam. As a headhunter, he specializes in Companys of the old economy in digital change. Ole Mensching gives lectures on the subject of the shortage of skilled workers at relevant events such as the NOHA Conference and moderates the Online-CareerDay in various cities graduates and young professionals in the digital Industry wants to mediate.

Mr. Dr. Menschning, do we have a shortage of skilled labor in Germany?

In the IT industry entirely for sure. Many companies cannot find the specialists they need. And the digital industry is ten years ahead of the old economy in most things – including when it comes to the issue of a shortage of skilled workers: digitization is already making a difference today Problems with that other companies will have in ten years. At the same time, digitization with its innovative culture offers enormous opportunities - also for specialists.

What is the reason for the increased demand in the digital sector?

For one thing, the industry is booming. Due to the low interest rates and the ongoing uncertainty on the stock markets, it is currently increasing Capital invested in start-ups and they experience a strong result growth.

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In addition, most medium-sized companies and corporations are now building up their digital units and also have a high demand for digital specialists. At the same time, the existing specialists on the market are Digital Natives have grown with the digital industry, so they know that culture very well and are picky about it.

What about training and further training?

Unfortunately rather bad. Many companies do not want to train because they lack the professional structures that they would need to do so. Companies are also very reluctant to launch trainee programs. Implementing something like this takes time and money Money.

The universities, on the other hand, hardly follow the digital development, which means that relevant degrees are missing.

So good chances for cross-borderers?

This depends on the fact that if an applicant already brings the required skills, then yes. But companies do not want to have a career ladder, which they have yet to learn.

There have also been major changes in recent years: A few years ago, companies were still looking for people Marketing, today there is a targeted search for specialists such as SEO, affiliate or real time bidding (RTB) managers.

How can the entry into the IT industry succeed?

You have to be clever and yourself Background acquire it yourself, then you have a chance – for example, by familiarizing yourself with the search algorithms or something similar in an autodidactic manner. who is clever and himself fast new content can also quickly establish itself as an expert, also because expert knowledge in the digital Welt has a short half-life.

Sounds like a university degree is superfluous ...

Whether or not you have a university degree does not matter. Many digital entrepreneurs just do not look for college graduates because the not so good hands on work as experienced practitioners.

An online marketing agency, for example, offers a good opportunity to get started, because here you get to know many different areas and can learn a lot. Internships can be a first Orientation offer, but one should be careful with the rare trainee programs: often poorly paid trainees work as firefighters for all sorts of people Tasks used without being able to develop deeper expertise in any area.


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