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Techie the most recession-proof job


Re: Yeah... not "tech" so much..

I'm a code monkey, have been for decades, and the idea it is recession proof is concealing a lot of blips.

If your employer goes bust then it doesn't matter what you used to do for them.

If you get a new asshat boss and need to leave, the recession can make that very difficult, especially if you're a very highly paid non-contracting code monkey. And that can be utterly utterly miserable.

The next recession looks likely to arrive in H1 2017, and hopefully after that is out of the way we can get some feel good factor going in that recovery, because it's passed me by this time around for sure.

The other piss on the chips, of course, is off-shoring. Bean counters and empty suits have this hopelessly incorrect idea that because Indians & other offshorians are cheap that they can do the job. Unfortunately that just isn't born out by the experience of literally anyone I know who has had the privilege of working with them.

The code is below graduate level, the spec poorly understood and often some distance from what is built, and appalling lack of accountability borders on insanity (Lose your job? No worries, the body shop over the road is hiring and will give you a raise).

Until the government take action to address this madness, there's zero likelihood of me encouraging my kids into coding. I'd rather spend my time teaching them a trade or something else that can't be off-shored or easily robotised, and just enough computers to fall back on.

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