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dilbertclone   5/20/2011 7:31:01 PM
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"Sixteen percent of our more than 800 respondents (as of Thursday) are jobless right now. That's seven points higher than the national rate." Or it could be that unemployed engineers skew these results because they have more time to read and respond on this site.

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Sheetal.Pandey   5/20/2011 7:38:23 PM
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That would be really interesting blog:-)

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cdhmanning   5/20/2011 9:37:17 PM
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If you are unemployed then use that as an opportunity to revamp your skills. Do some work on an open source project. Make sure you are up to date with modern methods, etc. These days all you need is a PC which you probably have. Taking positive steps is far more important than focusing on the down side.

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simonbuchwald   5/20/2011 10:24:43 PM
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This disproportionate number of unemployed engineers seems to be an economic decision done by apathy. As far as I can tell engineering design in USA and most English speaking countries (the West) started a decline when economists and accountants decided that there was a comparative advantage in not doing engineering, but just by buying cheap chinese crap and leaving it to them. This has the knock on effect of contuniously depriving the west of foreign revenue income, profit from desigm and the loss of a design and invention based culture. Just look at the massive foreign debt of the USA to China. Wikipedia "The largest holders were the central banks of China ($1.1 trillion) and Japan ($885 billion).[29][30] The share held by foreign governments has grown over time, rising from 25% of the public debt in 2007[31] and 13% in 1988." Whether this is by trade or by public debt, it leaves little doubt. The west needs to embrace it's own capabilities, and to look after the long term needs of its own peoples or face ignominious falling standards. This needs to be done at the top levels of government, business and manufacturing as a culture. Only by a shift back to a focus of design and manufacture will the west be able to compete for jobs, assets and continued good standards of living. The loss of engineering jobs is a cultural political issue. Maybe the only way around it is for those engineers to take things in their own hands, get together and start their own companies, design and manufacture clever inventive things and get them into production, meanwhile supporting lobbyists to state thecase at government level and find ways of bringing design and manufacture, and hence revenue, profit and jobs back to the west. Surely its not all about cheap junk from China?

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MHK_#1   5/21/2011 4:56:30 AM
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I was the same unemployed, when this sicken economy from a full of lie was a nose-down diving to the concrete floor. Everyday, I told to myself and surrounding a bad word to express my anger. Moreover, a big-mud fights to get one slot of opening. Suffering from 5 months, I decide to take myself apart from it. I downloaded a free/demo software from Altera/xilinx to stay a current with a specific language set. I installed Linux in my PC to get better with perl, a shell script. I went (almost) every meeting, if it is free or low-cost. Eventually, I found one myself. None helps, but myself. My friends can only encourage it, as I know for sure that is what they could do for their best. I know now who is friend or foe, if I have to choose. Only way is, to all unemployed, DO use those free (or low cost one) stuffs as much as possible. They will be light, then.

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Viswanathan   5/21/2011 11:14:06 AM
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Come on, my friend. Don't blame the Chinese for flooding the market with the "Chinese crap". Also do not blame those corporations which took the jobs away from you to make quick bucks in China and the far east. Human psychology is such that if there is a cheaper stuff out there humans buy that to save a few pennies. Blame your legislators to have taken away the plain field from such cheap competitors. They keep pushing the retirement age higher and higher. The economy is down, gas prices are up and NO TAX REVENUE FOR GOVT TO SPEND. Give me employment. I don't mind paying taxes. Who will pay for such bold improvements such as space exploration, gene therapy, drug discovery, high technology. It is stupid to stop scientific progress and education

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garydpdx   5/21/2011 4:57:12 PM
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I would seriously advise experienced engineers to look at startups, at first offering pro bono consulting. Use Linked-In and network; someone may know somebody else and provide you an intro. And it's not only advising on technical matters. You may know more about the internals of your market than you realize, as well as the technical stuff. Even if you had stuck to the technical ladder, there may be startup executive opportunities that can arise from helping others as well as a technical spot. (And you're not competing with paid consultants; these startups couldn't afford the pay nor offer of equity to engage them, anyways.) If you're software-oriented, consider alternatives like Web 2.0 where you skills might transfer. Or other areas, like management consulting. I know people who are reluctant to apply for jobs advertised at startups because they "lack security". Um, never mind how swiftly Big Corp terminated you and tossed you out the door, 12 to 24 months ago, right? Startup jobs are no less stable than corporate ones, nowadays.

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_hm   5/21/2011 5:40:38 PM
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The title Jobless Engineer Blog and Unemployed Engineers may not be proper word for this blog. Any expert engineer or Editor can be unemployed at differnt time of life. There are so many factors contributing to it. Today you may help and recruit many engineers, but tomorrow, you may be looking for work and ask for help from engineers whom you helped. Proper title may include words like Engineering Mentor and Mentee program for job exploration or something similar.

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wilber_xbox   5/22/2011 3:07:01 AM
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Although it is clear that a lot of engineers are jobless but apparently it is not clear why? Until and unless you diagnose the problem, it will not be possible to solve it completely.

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prabhakar_deosthali   5/22/2011 8:45:15 AM
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I agree with Himanshu that the problem has to be solved from its root cause. There are so many jobless engineers not because they cannot network properly to find a suitable job, but the real problem is that there are less job opportunities. Since the hiring policies of any corporate are driven by how much money can be earned and not by how many engineers are jobless, we have to have somebody like government to start new big engineering projects . The other aspect of the problem is that engineers have to think of creating jobs for themselves and their peers and not be just posting their resumes on the job sites. The best type of help is help yourself.

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