Re: Is this difficult?

Discussion created by ca.portal.admin on Apr 1, 2008
Not quite. In 1985, as (US) American academic geologists were getting
hacker's licenses (taxis, that is), there was no concurrent clamor for
H1B and L1 visas to save the poor employers who could not possibly
survive without a massive influx of geologists from overseas. The labor
market ""fixed"" that problem in a few years. That's certainly not what's
happening today in our (USA - at least) labor market.

It's not off-shoring, but it has the same impact on the labor market -
and it reinforces the 'market forces' that continue to dissuade college
students from entering this field in larger numbers. Again: an
undesirable positive-reinforcement and a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I don't mind being retrained (would be for the 3rd time in IT), but I am
concerned about having to compete with a labor force whose long-term
costs are driven by food, housing, transportation and health costs in
Bangalore, Shanghai, Vietnam, ... I live near Washington, D.C., and
that's a competition I cannot win.

I suspect that most folks on this list have had to adapt as you and I
have. Concern about job security or income security is a powerful

(the other) Vince LaPiana - age late 40s...