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Jul 17, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Withering credentials of your peers

So a guy your age has 2 masters degrees in aerospace. He continued going to school until age 31, under scholarships, while you were dicking around with video editing software in your bedroom.

He had a lot of management jobs in charge of lots of money. He survived multiple RIFs & got hired as a contractor in the place everyone wants to live after the sequester eliminated most contractor jobs there.

That represents the level of caliber of who's getting jobs in Calif*, nowadays, especially in the space program. They have lots of formal education through their entire lives, not Google search experience. They have lots of experience in a structured environment, not building things in their garages. They have lots of responsibility outside of paying their own rent.

That's a big change from 15 years ago. The open source & maker movements may have originally benefited some people, but in the fullness of time seem to have diluted the value of independently gained knowledge. It doesn't matter if you made a fusion reactor in your garage anymore or wrote a program in your bedroom anymore, because now, everyone does that.

What's differentiating the successful guys from the masses of unemployed makers is now the rarity of a structured environment & formal education.

Well, I'm a few days from signing off on moving to Dallas. Enough time has passed, avenues attempted, & dead ends reached to be satisfied that staying in Calif*, let alone having the good jobs, requires a much higher caliber resume than what worked 6 years ago. Reading about the people who are able to stay here is good evidence of that. No unturned stone is going to magically appear, after the move.

The cost of living isn't a factor, anymore. Most people rent because real estate is too unstable & rent is the same, everywhere except NY.
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