Category Archives: Job Depression

where do we go from here?

<P>New from the <a href="http://blogs.sourceallies.com/roller/page/aaron">Curmudgeon Coder</a>: <a href="http://blogs.sourceallies.com/roller/page/aaron?entry=career_paths_for_coders">Career Paths for Coders</a>. In short, he says there are the three paths: 1) Start your own company, 2) Become a Manager, and 3) Go back to University and Teach. I am filing this one under 'Job Depression' since there doesn't seem to be any other options for coders. At least, not yet…

skillz, what pay the billz

<P>Just had a read through of Computerworld's <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/careertopics/careers/story/0,10801,107363,00.html">what tech skills are hot for 2006</a>, and was glad to see that developers, as well as project managers, are in demand. Having both developed and managed, it's good to see that my skill set isn't quite being put out to pasture just yet.
<P>More interesting than the actual story was the claim that we aren't exporting as many jobs as we think: "most of the stuff that's going offshore are low-level coding jobs", says one researcher from Forrester Research.
<P>It's too bad the quote from Forrester is superficial and doesn't spell out how many low-level computing jobs have gone overseas. It also doesn't spell out whether that is just the case for this year, or several years running.
<P>I'm sure the situation here is more like the following: low-level computing jobs got exported the most in 2005 because a) we had already exported <a href="http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/17/2134221&from=rss">enough jobs to India and they aren't able to keep up with demand any more</a>, and b) with time we are starting <a href="http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/22/1356217&tid=187&tid=218">to outsource to rural America, and not abroad</a>.
<P>PS — Checked the links at the bottom and was pleasantly surprised that Computerworld is not exploring the blogging scene. This post is worth a read, if only because they are quoting Tufts students in the article: <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/1483">Women, IT and the C-word</a>.

Ethan On Outsourcing

<P>Ethan Zuckerman has written an interesting take on <a href="http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/?p=130#comments">outsourcing and blog writing</a> on his own blog. <P>Favorite quote: "Finding coders is easy. Writing a good spec is hard. So hard that it might be impossible to outsource."

Job History.

When I started working ten years ago, I had a BA in Russian and that was it. No technical skills. Some language skills, some office experience, but that was about all that there was. I got a job in the Ukraine after kicking around Austin Texas for a time, after graduation. I was earning 26k. Since I lived outside of the US for 300+ days a year, I got almost all of my taxes back to me. When I left several years later, the salary wasn’t that much higher, but it had always gone up every year, so it was close to 30k.

The other day I saw this on craigslist, and was pretty floored by the job description:

We’re a small Marketing company that has been in the Boston area for twenty years and we’re looking for a new team member to help us expand our web presence. We’re looking for either a PHP expert or a knowledgeable JAVA J2EE developer who has experience with a variety of other Open Source technologies and an expert knowledge of web based technologies like Flash, Cold Fusion, and Oracle. A strong working knowledge of C++ would also be desirable.

The job is full-time. You’ll spend approximately 20 to 30 hours a week as a developer and the remainder of your time filling out other critical roles within the organization: mail room, running errands, answering phones, light cleaning, etc.

We are currently hoping to find someone with either a BS or a Masters in either Computer Science or Software Engineering. You should be able to produce a portfolio of your work and provide three or more references.

The position pays 25k a year and requires travel to Worcester once a month. You can expect full benefits … (etc.)

holy crap, dude.

I can’t wait to stand in line for this one. Does it include toilet-washing, together with the phone and mail duties? At least the company could have billed it as a part time job and spared some college kid the agony of answering the phone after getting a BSCS…but wow.

Is all respect for the IT profession just going out the windows or what?