Mentoring the Millennials: Mountain West Mission Critical Insiders Share Tips and Strategies for Keeping Talent Within the Industry

DENVER, CO – As the data center industry prepares for the next evolution, it’s becoming more and more obvious that we may not be prepared to capitalize on the opportunity in front of us. A staffing shortage and lack of diversity might be the weak link in an otherwise strong chain to the future. That’s why CAPRE’s International Data Center Series is increasingly honing in on how to acquire and keep the right talent. CAPRE’s Construction, Design, Engineering Evolution and the Optimization of Hyperscale, Colocation & Enterprise Data Centers Summit in Denver last week included a panel titled “The Rising Role of Women & Mentoring in Mission Critical Construction, Design & Engineering” that blew the roof off of this hot topic. After some initial discussion about rethinking legacy job descriptions and requirements, Moderator Rachel Barrett, Vice President at Swanson Rink offered some remarks on how to maximize the exposure and experience of entry level staff. "One of the things we’re doing at our team is figure out how to accelerate the learning curve for entry level staff," she shared. "One of the things we’re doing is bringing in our retired engineers, and they’re training our recent college graduates. And before we stick a recent grad in with another engineer, who’s going to stick them in the corner because they’re too busy to mentor them, we actually have a formalized training program now. Our retired engineers bring back their old projects…