Are We Losing Our Best People?

When we have recessions (or whatever this economic slowdown is), people lose their jobs. At first, the marginal people lose their jobs, along with people who made bad job choices. However, since the layoffs started in the high tech industry, more experienced people are losing their jobs and have stopped looking for technical jobs.

One of my colleagues, someone who could be a developer, tester, technical lead, technical project manager, is going to start a home-repair business. He’s an experienced person, who can teach how to develop more effectively, how to test more effectively, how to do effective process improvement. He’s only in his mid-40’s. But, he can’t wait any longer for a job. It’s time to make some money.

He’ll be ok. In a couple of years, he may even return to technical work, assuming the jobs are there (as I assume they will). But he’s just one of a dozen or so people I know who are transitioning in their careers. So, are we losing our best people, the people with the most experience, and the knowledge to take us out of bad projects?

I don’t know, and I’m concerned.

One Reply to “Are We Losing Our Best People?”

  1. You ARE losing your best people. Downsizing, mergers, corporate sell-outs have pretty much wiped out the tech sector jobs in my city. Most posted jobs receive a minimum of 250 resume’s. I have dozens of friends, that were very good at their jobs, that have moved on to other things. For instance, I’m now working in Property & Casualty Insurance. Other people I know have moved on to business ownership, retail sales, real-estate, and other professions.
    Most of them, after investing the money to learn a new career, probably won’t go back to IT again unless there is a large paycheck in it for them.
    In the case of companies that are still hiring here, many are hiring network engineers and administrators for help desk positions. Others have their programmers take over the responsibilties of Network engineers and administrators. A novel approach, but management apparantly doesn’t understand that programmers will take short cuts in network security in order to make their programming work easier.
    Kind of reminds me of what it was like in the early 90’s, and the companies here really paid for it.

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