* Posts by darthsteve

6 posts • joined 18 Jul 2013

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

darthsteve

Re: Sooo....

I saw this happen quite often in the scientific civil service. Somebody asks a question that a manager doesn't like and suddenly they're moved to a faraway office, staring out of the window until they quit. Meanwhile, management congratulates itself on an inclusive culture where nobody is ever fired, and those that leave simply "didn't fit in".

Now you see them... IBM made over 800 UK jobs vanish in 2018 despite improving fortunes

darthsteve

Re: Who's left?

amen to this. uk industry has dismantled all hard skills training over the last couple of decades, cutting costs on training alongside technology investment, de-skilling the workforce and then turning the job market into a meat grinder of disposable short-termism. It's all coming home to roost as machine learning explodes onto the scene, but there's still no investment in people and it feels like it's getting worse having been asked to fund my own AWS and Azure resource for both interviews and day jobs. I even had my salary cut during a probation period because the firm said it was to compensate my employer while I was learning to use their proprietary software, which I didn't even see during my employment. I don't know about the wider tech industry, but the data science circus certainly feels extremely exploitative with universities flogging free student work, or big companies like IBM using public funding to get their foot in the door of many companies. your cv is either the latest (cheapest) hip young thing, or yesterday's fish and chips.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/java-and-python-in-demand-as-skills-shortage-widens/

Alien Ninja Fembot Pirates vs the Jedi SAS Chuck Norris startroopers: RUMBLE

darthsteve

all other combatants are only alive because chuck norris hasn't got around to killing them yet.

Job for IT generalist ...

darthsteve

Re: Job for IT generalist ...

hi, with regard to point #2, if you work in a large organization on large projects how would you recommend quantifying your work in terms of cash or added value to the business? I've worked on R&D projects in big blue chip biotech companies and it's difficult to quantify how much your contribution is to some behemoth project. If you're at a lowly tech level performing some function, or help a task move along the pipeline/workflow, how do you quantify your actual contribution in that chain? I've never been fortunate to have direct line of site to say "yes, that was my contribution that delivered x million dollars to the business". It's always, "I helped person x out with task y that was part of processes a, b, c, d, e, f,....."

I would genuinely be interested in how people go about quantifying their individual contribution when working on very large industrial projects in order to sell that on their CV. I'm in the same boat as the forum post and although I have lots of "stuff" on my CV I struggle to describe how any of it was ever of any value. Certainly in my current role I wonder if anybody would notice if I didn't turn up for work for 6 months.

thanks :)

darthsteve

science generalist

I'm in the same boat in biology. I can do some molecular biology work, but also mathematical modelling and simulation.

At the moment I work well at interfacing projects, aligning experimental teams with increasing requirements of data scientists and mathematical modellers. I'm at the technical level however and never moved into any kind of people or project management and now I'm being made redundant.

The job market favours the specialist who can parachute in, do a particular niche job, and parachute out when the contract ends. I read things like "Average is over" and worry that the generalist is over. It seems like only those that are able to see "the next big thing" and jump on that key skill can retain employability, but how many times do you have to do this? And how long can you keep re-training for before you're too old to be constantly rebooting? I'm in my mid 30's now and have had 6 jobs since my degree, returned to university for a doctorate, and again rebooting. Is it normal to be constantly moving on in today's job market? I don't think it's a bad thing, but it's certainly a frustrating thing.

Regarding the question posed for this thread, I would say that the generalist is a dead man walking. Specialise, then specialise again, and again, and again...

Confirmed: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

darthsteve
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Re: Motorways Only

+1 for that. In addition, all of my driving delays are from people rubber necking accidents on the motorway. Although this doesn't guarantee these particularly mentally deficient individuals wont drop out of auto-pilot to gawp, it might at least reduce this particular plaque on the roads.

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