The IT market sucks in Atlanta.
I can’t afford to leave, and at the same time I can’t afford to stay.
3 years ago, I was gold. I was better than gold. I was a fast learner with a little experience in everything. I was a general practitioner of the Science and Medicine of Technology. The offers on the table were fifty-thousand a year. Minimum.
Today’s IT market is looking for the person I’ve never been, and without money cannot afford to become: The Specialist. Check the job pages. They want people with 3 or more years working on a single, likely non-widespread software package. They want someone with 10 years working in a particular single function who have mastered all skills required.
The General Practitioner is dead.
So… I am left with this. What am I supposed to do?
I can’t get a good job because I can’t even get interviews due to my lack of specific knowledge. I can’t afford to take classes, or buy books to attempt to learn those things on my own. I can’t afford the certification tests, without which no amount of knowledge I teach myself is valid in the eyes of recruiters.
Its the Catch-22 of the IT industry: To get the job, you need training, and to afford the training, you need the job.
I’m overqualified for the job I have, and underqualified to get another.
And we won’t even get into the whole “But the experience on your resume isn’t current” crap.
I’m mad as hell.
And there’s damn little I see that I can do about it.