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Nov 13, 2013, 06:45 PM
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The dead job market

The job market dropped dead in November. Did the western world stop writing software?

It's time for another round of applying to colleges for another degree. Last year's attempt ended up nowhere. It was fairly easy to get in, in the 1990's, but now it's super competitive just to get a basket weaving degree.

This year, there will be more attempts. There seems to be a pattern of having to borrow $100,000 for more education, every 10 years. Everything you earn goes back to education. The only winners are the banks. The economy constantly changes, but workers are still faced with an obsolete system that requires formal education & assumes 1 degree for 1 job for life.

There are stories of people in this death spiral moving to Asia to leverage the lower cost of living against their student loans. It's a temporary situation. There are immigration laws. Their debt is still denominated in the higher cost of living. They still have to pay US taxes.

The large number of continuing education seekers have made things complicated. There are no longer federal loans above a certain number of credit hours & tuition is double. Most public schools no longer offer 2nd degrees.

The economically easiest solution is to return to Fl*rida & finish the EE degree started 15 years ago. It would be emotionally difficult. There would be at least 1 flight back to Calif*, but it wouldn't be the same as driving down the 5 to a place that was previously earshot away.

The emotionally easiest solution is to discard the EE courses & start a CS degree in Calif*. They're very competitive & unlikely to let me in. No EE program in Calif* would let me in.

Either way, in 18 months, Calif* becomes a very depressing place & the happy place becomes Washington DC. That's closer to Fl*rida.
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Nov 17, 2013, 10:11 AM
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Finish the EE degree. Go with whatever program will get you the highest GPA. Keep a post-engineering backup career in mind. Balance tech skills and people skills.

Keep applying until you get a job at a UARC. As you know, due to talent management filtering, it might take years before a human even sees your application. Between the lack of a budget, sequestration, shutdown, and PPACA regime uncertainty, employers hit the brakes. It's also much harder for a mid-career professional than a 20something fresh out of school.

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