Companies are desperate to find people who do what I do. I could walk away from my job today and have a new job as fast as the hiring process would allow for.
Full disclosure: I've been doing this for 15 years, and I always try to stay one or two steps ahead of my peers regarding what skills will be in demand over the next several years. My current specialty (front end web app engineering) is in very high demand right now. However, only 1/4 to 1/3 of the job opportunities I receive are specific to this specialty. The rest are for general web development positions.
Last edited by RoyalSubject; September 9th, 2013 at 04:16 PM.
In general I do think STEM educations with more liberal arts exposure are good for training a workforce as opposed to straight liberal arts developed critical thinking, but this idea of entitlement "i got my degree where's my job?" goes back to what more and more older professors complain about with the younger generation. People go through the motions and expect the plate to be handed to them, they don't actually pursue things of interest. You mentioned that you actively stay ahead of the curve, part of that is self interest in staying ahead, part of it is the developments are interesting. Nowhere in there do you take the stance "if my company wants me to learn that they should send me to a class".
The worst part of it is comparatively while other countries students are usually strictly rote learners who have a hard time adapting to research learning at least they have instilled discipline to master a subject. Our current educational models don't even try to do that anymore leading to work ethic issues.
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