Presented by Shawn O. Brume Sc.D. • Senior Vice President, Information Management Governance at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
Long dependent on the Oil and fishing industries, Alaska natives, “born”, and transplants have traditionally left Alaska for good paying jobs in other fields. Technology is rapidly changing where how and when people work. It is the responsibility of the technical leaders in Alaska to emphasize to the next generation, that Alaska is as connected as anywhere in the world. Even more important: demonstrating that Alaska companies are leading in technology development and deployment. Technology jobs are not out of reach of those that have better soft skills and are not “techies”. Promoting technical vocations with both technical and soft skills is going to drive a new career for the next generation of Alaskans.
Business leaders have the opportunity to influence this path now. Less than 30% of the University of Alaska education system students currently stay in Alaska, we must retain talent at every level and not just from Math Science and technology fields.