There are longer term trends in this industry, for sure. But the semiconductor cycle of ups and downs is real and has been measured. These layoffs are in line with that cycle, IMHO, and certainly the low performing companies are first to crack. http://bit.ly/sG1ofR
I remember seeing an ad once that asked for 5yrs experience with a type of computer system that had only existed for 3 years.
The end result would be that everyone they bring in for an interview is a liar.
Your job ad looks like an H1B visa fulfillment ad. I do not know if that is true in this case, but it was a common practice in the past to write a job ad that only your H1B visa candidate can match. The company has fulfilled the US government requirement to advertise the opening, and yet only your candidate matches all the requirements in the ad.
Perhaps some of the unfilled jobs are due to semi-scam practices, but I spent months trying to hire a decent software developer. I don't have silly-hard requirements either. I was just looking for someone with a good track record and experiences in something close to our development environment. We were willing to and did hire folks that needed training in some of the areas. It was astoundingly difficult to even find candidates to interview.
As far as career recommendations to high schoolers, I would not recommend that someone plan their future based on what happened last year and is happening this year. Industries go up and down and engineering will go back up again.
Even if it is still difficult to get engineering jobs a half decade from now, that engineering degree contains more flexibility in career choice than just about any other degree. Engineers can go just about anywhere. Not a lot of majors can say that.
If the technical industry in this country completely collapses, then who, but engineers can pick up the pieces and rebuild it?
Sad, but funny and also true. I recently read somewhere that by the time you get to the interview stage, the person doing the interview will most likely have not read more than the first 1/3 of your resume. The presumption is that you meet all the technical requirements, otherwise the keyword search algorithm would've rejected you long before the interview stage.
I can just imagine the following resume, which might be quite effective with the keyword matching programs:
FPGA Xilinx Altera Actel ASIC SoC Verilog VHDL Abel Synopsys Cadence Mentor Axe Murderer C C++ Java J++ Perl Tkl HTML Embedded Systems...
I have a daughter studying engineering right now, and I would never dream of discouraging her. The U.S. actually DOES still design and manufacture things -- lots of things. If for some reason that becomes less true in the future, and there truly are few engineering opportunities in the U.S., I think she is quite prepared to move overseas. It's not as if engineering is a dying profession worldwide.
Hi Dylan, interesting article - I enjoyed it. I just wanted to pick a nit though. An enduring pet peeve of mine is the modern misunderstanding of what "irony" is. Dylan, I was willing to let one usage go, but you used it twice in this article, so I felt I had to comment. Please go look it up, and don't use it again unless something is truly ironic. Best regards.
Reading all this gloom and doom does remind me of the 70's. It is interesting that it corresponds to similar gov't styles. Remember that things turned around in the 80's and we were all positive and growing again. Innovation and risk taking can turn things around. Reject political correctness and go for the gold, take risks and be innovative.