… would go against their narrative that anyone can make it in the industry if they work hard enough. But don’t be fooled. There are a lot of coders like me. We are, in the end, just workers, and not immune to the tides that have drowned other workers.
melissa mcewen, thank you for sharing your experience and sharing a story so many of us don’t hear. There is this belief that we’re living in a time of shortage, that tech jobs are abundant and by just making a simple transition into coding — any kind of coding— you can ride the wave and make a living. It feels like the Gold Rush. The risk is that “coding” isn’t a catch-all category. There are levels and tiers as you say, and the demand in this shortage is not for any coders, but specific categories.
Technology companies have only added 3% in new jobs and replaced works in the double digits. We need to be thinking about this whittling down in opportunities intelligently and preparing for a widening unemployment gap as we technologize more.