Santa Cruz Tech Beat


The Tech Talent Struggle

By Chris Miller
Apprentice Brigade

February 11, 2020

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The title says it all. If you’re reading this, your company is probably impacted by a shortage of talent. This post contains my musings about:

  • The current state of our talent pool
  • The impact of big tech
  • One possible solution

During my 14 years running a professional services company in Santa Cruz, finding talent here was never “easy.” In 2008 we had little choice but to curate talent, mentoring potential employees through internships and more recently structured tech apprenticeships.

The 4 Year Solution

Recently I served as a mentor at the CruzHacks2020 hack-a-thon at UCSC. What I found particularly impressive was the resourcefulness and drive of the students, as well as awareness of best practices, and industry norms in software development.

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