What Skills are Most Essential to Professional Success in the Data Center Industry?

LEESBURG, VA – CAPRE’s inaugural Women of Mission Critical Summit tackled the data center industry’s diversity challenges head on, from many angles. The culminating panel of the day, “Seeking Talent and Skills: Best Practices for Recruitment in Today's Environment,” was perhaps the most focused on getting results fast. Moderator Robin Aron, Executive Director of the 7x24 Exchange’s Carolina's Chapter kicked off the panel with a request for a bit of round-table discussion. “Let’s consider our topic of seeing talent, ladies,” she suggested. “As we consider this topic, please give your input as to what you consider to be the top hard skills and soft skills to either be successful or begin a career in the data center industry.” First to offer a response was Catherine Bedell, General Counsel at Vapor IO. “I’m definitely going to focus on the soft skills. I’m obviously not in a technical role, but I think that even if you’re in a technical role, the skills will probably vary from sub-industry to sub-industry and even within your company,” she began. “So I think it’s far more important to figure out how you can learn what you need to know an seek it out, and whether that’s finding someone who has that skill and can help you by giving an hour out of their day, or maybe even becoming a mentor,” continued Bedell. “You know, if you approach someone and say, “Hey can I take an hour…