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IT jobs are not glorious anymore?

October 2, 2009

This caught my eye the other day.

“An anonymous reader writes to wonder if the glory has gone out of IT. One blogger remembered his first impression upon entering a profession in IT that made it seem like the place to be with a new shiny around every corner. What experiences have others had? Has a more pervasive technical culture forced our IT gurus into obsolescence?”


The full story dropped offline by the time I got to it but it got me thinking.

See, when I was in college our heroes were not Ford or Einstein or Sam Walton. It was Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison. Yup, IT celebrities.

These were the guys that made life interesting. They provided us with cool gadgets and things that defined who we were – like badly written code we could hack and gleefully go to town with. They gave us purpose. Made us feel good.

Soon after that we had geek shows like Heroes, Chuck and The Big Bang Theory that gave us the place in society we deserved. At last. Woot.


That was the time when IT guys made the kind of money that made the sales guys green with envy. Yeah, got IT job, got BMW 3.

How things have changed. Try to chat up some chick with Java, sockets or ruby on rails today and what do you get? Stifled yawns. You’re so uncool now. You can’t even hustle an employer into paying you an arm and a leg anymore just by knocking them out with IT jargon.

Sure, you still get a bit of excitement when talking to the guys at Apple or Google but what a far cry from 5 years ago.

Its a fact. IT diplomas aren’t sexy any more. The late 90’s is gone – that time when every kid and his dog went to a computer engineering school and aspired to be the next Bill Gates.

There will come a time, I think, when even programmers will be passe, their jobs taken over by AI bots that do all the programming. No, I take that back. I think its already here.

If it’s going sunset pretty fast (it sure looks that way to me) then for self preservation maybe its time for the IT profession to take a leaf out of the most evergreen of jobs – the world’s oldest profession?


Wait, they’ve already done it. Its called bodyshopping*. πŸ˜€

*Labor outsourcing by the hour. When there are no customers, they just hang around the place like hookers. Ask the consultants. They know.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 9:31 pm

    IT jobs are never shiny shiny for me. hhaha. Maybe because i was involved in bodyshopping b4…so kinda feel like your company just sold u off to someone who needed you more.

    thats why i feel that tech skills are important, but what matter most are your soft skills and business know-how. Otherwise, you are just another hard-to-understand techie.

    I have a feeling that the message about soft skills have not reached hardcore techies. Maybe they’re like doctors. Part of the job spec is never to let your customers understand what you wrote. πŸ˜€

  2. October 3, 2009 10:15 am

    so what are people into now ? advertising and marketing ?

    IT guys still can get chicks wurt , they got David Deangelo , Misery Method and the online Seduction Community . heh.

    Have you read their stuff before ? it is freaking creepy and detailed .Details All the way up to the angle you’re facing the chick , and where your eyes are staring .

    You should spend more time with the techies. They go into great detail about everything. A good programmer never leaves anything to chance. Hope your gf isn’t one of them, hehe. πŸ˜€

  3. October 5, 2009 12:17 pm

    So, how about giving artists and art a share of the sunshine?

    Of course. I’m pretty sure the likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are avid art collectors. πŸ™‚

  4. October 7, 2009 8:10 am

    er…maybe more like don let the customers understand what you are talking πŸ˜›

    And I thought only the ladies did that. πŸ˜€

  5. October 7, 2009 11:29 pm

    guys can b that way also…if circumstances force us to do so

    Absolutely. In my high school the geeks had their own language to keep others out. It sounded like klingon.

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