Combating the Skills Shortage

Interview with Klaus-Peter Kaas, CEO of T5 KarrierePortal


At MEDICA trade fair, future specialists and managers meet prospective employers in a condensed setting.  spoke with Klaus-Peter Kaas about job search problems in the medical technology sector.   

Image: A smiling man with glasses stands infront of wall with the german word "Jobbörse" (job market) wirtten on it; Copyright: T5 KarrierePortal

Klaus-Peter Kaas; © T5 KarrierePortal

Mr. Kaas, MEDICA trade fair focuses on the medical and medical technology industries. What are the career opportunities in this sector?

Klaus-Peter Kaas: The medical technology industry is a growing sector, especially given the fact that many health care processes are being automated. That is to say, you constantly need new developments. Digital technologies also provide many opportunities to greatly modify the base design of medical devices or to develop brand-new equipment. Simply put, it means there is a dire need for engineers and software developers with a medical mindset. And that is the challenging part. The industry as we see it has a glaring shortage of skilled specialists and managers in the engineering and software sector.

So you believe there is a skills shortage in companies?

Kaas: That is right because the industry is booming due to the two aspects mentioned earlier. This leads to a specific shortage in this area. The challenge is that there is a need for people who are knowledgeable both in the technical and software fields and who have a scientific mindset. This is a very difficult combination to find.

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The medical engineering sector is a growing one. Suitable professionals and executives are searched for everywhere; ©

Do specialists in this field have any specific problems in their job hunt?

Kaas: The biggest challenge is that many employers in this field are not well-known. We are all familiar with Siemens for instance and perhaps GE. But the latter is a US company and it gets a tad more difficult in Germany. You might also be familiar with Philips Healthcare, though Philips is perhaps better known in terms of its consumer products. Things get really challenging when it comes to small and medium-sized companies that look for employees. In 90 to 95 percent of cases, these are companies we don't even know the names of, much less know them as prospective employers in the medical technology sector. The name recognition of employers and their job openings represent the biggest difficulty.

The interview was conducted by Olga Wart and translated from German by Elena O'Meara.