What Skills Do We Need? February 14, 2006Posted by Brian Jepson in Uncategorized.
One of the things I heard come up a couple of times at the Geek Dinner was that folks are having trouble finding senior level/hotshot programmers here in Rhode Island. Back in the days (early 1990s to about 2000) when I was programming for a living, I found the exact opposite: I had to go to New York and Northern Virginia to find the kind of work I wanted. But I loved Rhode Island enough that I was willing to take the train or fly (out on Sunday, back home on Friday) to where the work was.
Is the problem that the people with the skills simply aren’t connecting with the people who have the jobs? Or is it that there aren’t enough people out there who have the skills needed? Perhaps it’s some combination?
I’d be interested in hearing from people on both sides of this: are you looking for hotshot programmers? What skills are must-haves? Are you a hotshot programmer who loves Rhode Island, but you’re flying or taking the train to where the jobs are? What’s keeping people with the skills from hooking up with the people with the needs?