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1 jonhendry  Fri, May 3, 2013 10:00:42pm

“I see from the article that the disgruntled IT worker did not want to expand his skill set. “

That’s not true. What he said was that he wasn’t willing to pay out of pocket for nonsense certificates or take crappy, expensive classes (or worse, degrees) that probably wouldn’t carry any weight in a hiring process anyway.

And, frankly, I don’t blame him. Like he said, it’s an expensive crap shoot. Getting a java certification in the early 00’s didn’t shorten my period of unemployment. The expensive graduate-level CS courses I took at a 3rd rate university didn’t either. What ended my period of unemployment was when my brother got a job at a large IT consulting company and was able to get me in. (He does SAP, I don’t, so I wouldn’t have fit at his prior jobs, but this one was big enough to have a variety of requirements.)

I expect this guy has no objection to spending time learning new stuff, on his own. But that often doesn’t ‘count’ with HR departments either. Especially if they insist on 3 years experience .

2 Cap'n Magic  Sat, May 4, 2013 7:16:28pm

The reality is that in many of these gigs, the savings in going offshore didn’t materialize due to various issues-contract mismanagement, lack of adequate knowledge transfer, timing, etc. etc.

But I expect that to change in next 20 years when domestic US IT SME’s start to retire. Some companies set up their own internal training programs to bridge the gap left behind by academia (who the hell teaches COBOL or IBM mainframe assembler anymore?) - at some point, I suspect that Ed Yourdon may rue the day that he wrote “The Rise and resurrection of The American Programmer”-but only as long as the big India firms can contain their pricing-and recent reports don’t look too promising.

3 Romantic Heretic  Sun, May 5, 2013 4:07:06am

Well, as you get older you’ll find that it can be very hard to keep your skill set current. That’s why I got out of the business. I tried teaching myself C, and it’s the first time I failed to learn a programming formalism. There was something about C my mind could not grasp.

I couldn’t stay current, and so I had to leave the field. Going insane just sped the process.

Also, I’m a heretic, and much of the computer programming field is made up of priests. They made it, uncomfortable, for me. Which sped up the onset of my illness.

Twenty years ago. I miss the business sometimes. I can’t go back now though.

4 Vicious Babushka  Sun, May 5, 2013 12:14:38pm

re: #3 Romantic Heretic

Well, as you get older you’ll find that it can be very hard to keep your skill set current. That’s why I got out of the business. I tried teaching myself C, and it’s the first time I failed to learn a programming formalism. There was something about C my mind could not grasp.

I couldn’t stay current, and so I had to leave the field. Going insane just sped the process.

Also, I’m a heretic, and much of the computer programming field is made up of priests. They made it, uncomfortable, for me. Which sped up the onset of my illness.

Twenty years ago. I miss the business sometimes. I can’t go back now though.

I kept my skills current during my periods of unemployment by working for myself on my non-profit foundation, which is maintaining a large digital historical archive. This is on my resume as part of my experience.

It’s also important to love what you do so much that you like to do it at home in your spare time. :)

5 Romantic Heretic  Sun, May 5, 2013 3:27:23pm

re: #4 Vicious Babushka

Well, it was twenty years ago.

Even if I did renew my skills, well, I’m almost sixty. I won’t be hired. For anything.

A now long history of mental illness doesn’t help. That’s something that condemns a person to exile.


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