Students are not blind to markets

IT industry analysts have argued that firms increasingly are finding it difficult to recruit cross-trained professionals who are skilled in technology and possess business expertise. This is due in part to an almost 40 percent drop in computer science enrollment in the U.S. since 2002, according to industry analysts and in part that the entire market crashed in 2008 because of the financial crisis and has still to recover.

Universities, corporations and government should not expect students to be ignorant of the market. If the industry collapsed contributing to a decline in enrollment a year later, that is not a problem for students. But it would be a problem if students continued to enroll without any jobs on the horizon. Corporate recruiters say they want cross-trained professionals who understand IT, business and markets. However, would they really want to recruit individuals who make their life career decision without taking the employment market into account?

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