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Brain drain in tech's future?

By Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) ·
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Need More Formal Training

Unfortunately, there's a mindset in the tech community that says formal education is a disqualifier for a tech job.

Much of our leadership (outside of large corporations) comes from informally trained, politically savvy, people.

This year I've been producing documentation for a poorly built application. At the outset, when I asked what business processes does it perform, I got back a room full of blank stares - even though every one of them had 5, 10 or 15 years in the field.

A formally trained individual would have not only understood the question, but would have anticipated it.

It's unfortunate that this development team had sooo much disdain for formal training that they were actively trashing resumes from college grads. They said it was because college grads don't know what they're doing.

This is, of course, counterproductive. With a whole staff of untrained developers it would be nice to have at least ONE person who learned from someone more knowledgable than his self.

Preventing the brain drain will have to come from outside of the US technical community. Business owners need to find ways to spur their own teams into getting trained. Techies who flat out refuse formal training should be phasered out.

It's an employer's market out there. They can pick and choose who they want working on their projects. If they want uneducated, egotistical folks with vague notions about complex technologies - hire domestic.

If they want trained individuals, ready to learn a new business, they'll have to hire from the "third world". It's the American thing to do.

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Domestic vs. third world...not necessarily

by cheech100 In reply to Need More Formal Training

Indeed, formal training does not carry much weight, it seems. I recently finished a Master of Computer and Information Science degree (GPA: 4.0) while working full-time and have 17 years of product development engineering experience (and a BSME)...and I'm "domestic". A killer combination, I thought. I have extensive real world business experience and am totally prepared to take on new challenges in the IT field. My education has given me a solid foundation in the core copetencies of computer science and I am confident that I can easily learn new languages, protocols, and technologies. Yet, I can't get the time of day from companies regarding opportunities that I am qualified for and at which I would excel.

"College grads don't know what they're doing" is an acceptable way of saying "let's not hire somebody that might threaten my position in the pecking order."

That's my two cents.

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by cheech100 In reply to Domestic vs. third world. ...

Spelling is usually my strong suit :)

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Bruised Egos

College grads don't know what they're doing" is an acceptable way of saying "let's not hire somebody that might threaten my position in the pecking order."
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Actually, from what I've seen, the fear of hiring educated folks isn't releated to status - it's just, simple ego.

A tech manager with little formal training probably didn't get his job because of his formal training, and probably won't lose it because of a lack thereof.

But for folks with easily bruised egos, a wide education (or age) gap, is fertile ground for hurt feelings.

If I'm a 60-year-old PHd, working for a 30-year-old high school drop-out, I'm not a threat because I'm (probably) ending my career, not starting it. I don't want his job.

But if that kid has an easily bruised ego, he'll likely not want me around for totally non-professional reasons.

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