Aug 14, 2011

Back to School : Let's Make it Important

Greetings to my readers. I hope you all are having great summer.

I generally focus on my blog about some specific technology and this time is an exception. So, I will make it very short.

It's about "shortage of engineers" in Silicon Valley.

We are living in an interesting time- so many things are going at the macro level. But an interesting fact is that one side there is a high unemployment rate in America and on the other side here in Silicon Valley, there is not enough engineers to work on the cutting edge product developments!

It's the lack of focus on education. It's the lack of focus on math & science. It's the willingness to even outsource innovation! This is not good. We need to go back to the basics and get the kids to focus on education. Yes, I mean math & science. It's hard. But the benefits are also high.

Take a look at this job opening posted yesterday by a startup in San Mateo. $150K base salary for a senior mobile engineer! Doesn't this number is attractive?

You can see on everyday basis how many engineering jobs are posted here!

If you have an iPhone, you will see the following statement on the back side-
"Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China".

Imagine if the current trend of lack of focus on education in US continues for a long time, what will happen to the above statement?

If you a see kid going to school next week, ask him/her:
-focus on school/education
-focus on math & science
-encourage him to work hard.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in working hard to excel in math & science. Our kids should know about it.

Have a great rest of the summer.