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.