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  •  There is always a lag time between the school (1+ / 0-)
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    and the industry.  This is the whole fallacy about "not enough X engineers being trained in schools". It's amazing that companies comb through 1000's of applicants to find the exact one guy who has 10 years of experience programming Android phones, when they could just easily train a decent programmer to learn that in 3-6 months.

    I just reject that premise that schools are failing because they are not teaching Android programming. There is always a time lag between industry demand of whatever whiz bang favor-of-the-month programming niche, and what the schools teach.

    Recently our (semiconductor company) was looking to fill a couple of positions for the type of (somewhat specific) CAD type programming taht I do. They went through 100's of resumes, and still couldn't find the exact match. I don't bother to tell the managers that none of us developers working in that role started out doing what we are doing now. All of us learned on the job.

    •  I had a situation where a company (1+ / 0-)
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      decided that they had to have the requirement that the new hire have 5 years experience with Java programming.

      Java had only existed for 3 years.

      Amazingly, they could not find an American qualified for their position.

      They hired an H1-B from China about 18 months later. Nice guy, and competent, but nothing unique in terms of his ability, and nothing I couldn't have found for them locally if they'd let me use my network.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 08:44:10 PM PST

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