re: H-1B Workers Not Best Or Brightest, Study Says
There are still plenty of Americans who are interested in science and engineering. There may not be the space race, but there are certainly pressing and interesting technological and scientific problems to be addressed. Plenty of Americans are pressing through to PhDs. Plenty of Americans are continuing to try to hang onto their engineering jobs. They continue to update their skills, usually on their own dime. There is still a *love* of science and engineering in this country.
I'm sitting here today working on trying to get figure out the details of the latest low cost chip synthesis design flow. It's not glamorous. I was always happy to take on those unglamorous jobs. I'm more than willing to spend hours late into the night debugging a hot bug. I've been through the ups and downs of at least five startups. My husband too has been through the ups and downs of more than five startups. We both have advanced degrees from very good engineering schools.
The story I recounted above not only happened, the words "we don't do on-the-job training" were exactly what this person said. Yet, he had seen on my CV that I did not have ic *tester* experience. It did say on my CV that I had extensive high frequency *lab* test experience, high frequency ic *design* experience and extensive programming experience, yet this guy actually had the gall to tell me, as if I was some kind of SV newbie, that "we don't do on the job training."
This is not a "one off" experience. In talking with other engineers, the ball is in the hiring managers court. More often than not, they don't want to hire, or they are sitting on hundreds of resumes.
That's the reality of the Silicon Valley and Washington State H-1B saturated job market.
It's not as if people such as myself don't have options. I myself could easily apply to law school or go to work at a government labs outside California (where they are always seeking people with my skills).
Yet, it pains me when I hear industry leaders complain about a STEM professional shortage.
Even more ridiculous is to hear Zuckerberg or Gates tell the American public that there is a shortage of "programmers".
We don't have a programmer or STEM professional shortage. What we have is a STEM surplus due to an oversupply of L-1 and H-1B visas.
We have a lack of investment in R&D.
We have a lack of regulatory protection of our industries.
We have an increasing loss of jobs and manufacturing expertise due to excessive offshoring.
Sadly, it also appears that we have a lack of political leadership to safeguard the future economy of this country.