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The Case For The Blue Collar Coder

theodp (442580) writes | about 2 years ago

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theodp (442580) writes "U.S. tech talent shortage discussions tend to focus on getting more young people to go to college to become CS grads. Nothing wrong with that, writes Anil Dash, but let's not forget about education which teaches mid-level programming as a skilled trade, suitable for apprenticeship and advancement in a way that parallels traditional trade skills like HVAC or welding. Dash encourages less of a focus on 'the next Zuckerberg' in favor of encouraging solid middle-class tech jobs that are primarily focused on creating and maintaining tech infrastructure in non-tech companies. Dash also suggests 'changing the conversation about recruiting technologists from the existing narrow priesthood of highly-skilled experts constantly chasing new technologies to productive workers getting the most out of widely-deployed platforms and frameworks.'"

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We're doing it. We have to. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41581521)

In my particular field (DBAs), in our market (DFW), we have negative unemployment. Recruiters have nobody we don't already know, and I've seen people we reject go to other companies making more money than I'd expect. So we're working on hiring people who are interested in the subject matter and are trainable. Most of what we want is the right mindset, plus trainable. It's problematic at times, but overall I think we're going the right way.

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