reply to post by interupt42
You and I are in not such dissimilar situations and are working from a similar knowledge base - I know what you're talking about.
In terms of Africa, I dug into my old company last night and saw an uptick in hiring from Ethiopia - I suspect for the same reasons you mentioned.
Thanks for the clue-in; I thought the market was abandoned years ago until infrastructure changes occurred. Apparently that happened.
I saw first hand that same corporation I worked for hire a bunch of new college graduates with no experience in a highly specialized engineering
software application and put them through a 4 week boot camp. In the end of the camp they called each one of those students a Senior level engineer
and shipped them to the clients with Senior level billable hours. After 6 months they pretty much realized what you said about paying twice the price
because the clients refused to pay them for their work and therefore they got rid of most of those students. However, the fact is that was not the
first time they tried this nor the last time.
That is the sad reality. I am aware of this occurring as well - to maximize billable hours with fancy titles. And I agree they'll do it again Though
in my experience client side, they'll typically go to established service providers for newer builds and support thereafter, or the parent company
hires them to fit demand.
Why does this 3 letter corporation take those risks , because it often pays off . In addition they know that most Gov't agencies have no choice
but to use them because of liability. As it turns out no CEO or Politician likes to be held accountable with certain high liability risk applications.
So what these CEO and Politicians do to minimize getting blamed is that they go directly to the manufacture of the software and hire their
consultants. So when an accident occurs the CEO or Politician , says look we hired the company that makes the software so what more could we have done
or who else could we have hired to do the work.
As you say, this is true specially with government contracts.and covering one''s own behind in the risk filled world of application development and
deployment on mission critical systems.
In terms of education though, I still maintain that the US and western nations do *not* need to follow an India/China model - long(er) school days,
longer(e) school years, programmatically taught to memorize and repeat with emphasis on the state caring for children rather than parents.
The model produces great "workers", and maybe the US vocational school system could take a page from that book, but the public school system I believe
needs to focus on fostering creativity and individualism while also teaching the basics across maths, sciences... (and of course there are AP classes
for the truly talented student with plenty of great universities to further develop those skills).
I guess what gets me mad is hearing politicians, "experts" and the likes who never leave their bubble talking about how great China and India are, and
how the US needs to compete with them starting in our school system. I just don't see it, different cultures, different priorities... I truly believe
what makes the US great is its ability to innovate - China in India copy.
Now not every worker needs to be an innovator, but I do believe the top level ones must possess skills to creatively solve difficult problems - I
don't see the education system in those countries producing that worker. But take someone for those nations and put them in the US school system -
well, now you have someone who is dangerously good. So maybe it comes back to family life.
**Again, not digging on these two countries
***Side note, sorry in my last post, I came off as a jerk (I just re-read it); nothing personal, just was in bad mood yesterday.
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