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IT Consultant Goes To Prison

Later this month I'm going to prison. the Isle of Man prison, to talk to prisoners about IT in the real world. As part of their education programme some prisoners attend classes in IT, from professional educators who teach IT at the Isle of Man College. Most of us who work in IT recognise that IT as taught in education is very different to IT in the real world, so I'm going to deliver a couple of talks about IT in business, what it is, how it's used etc.

I know I'm likely to be asked a couple of questions:

a) types of careers in IT

b) what problems will convicts have in gaining employment in IT

Obviously I've got some ideas of my own, but I'd like a wider perspective. Particularly what IT jobs you would or wouldn't employ an ex-convict for, and why. Please use the comments widget below - would you employ an ex-convict in your IT function? If so doing what? Which IT roles would you absolutely not employ a convict for?

Thanks, Steve.


+1 # Gordon LLoyd-West 2011-08-05 11:31
Thought 1 - for heavens sake don't use the word "convict" wheren you are there;
Thought 2 - talk about trust but don't talk about money;
Thought 3 - talk about opportunities and don't talk about problems.

Good luck and make sure you have everything you came in with when you leave!
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