Laid-Off Tech Worker Always Feared The Day Would Come When He’d Have To Do Real Work
THE announcement of more job losses at PayPal and Google has resulted in many tech workers realising that their parents were right all along, that ‘computers’ wasn’t a ‘real job’ and that they should have taken up a trade like their cousin.
“You know for a minute there, I really believed that I could make a long and fruitful career for myself in an industry where I could put both my skills and my interests to good use, but it turns out I should have just listened to Dad and gotten a job in the civil service. A job for life, as he put it,” said one software engineer we spoke to.
“There’s about to be tens of thousands of us laid off around the world by the biggest companies like Meta and Microsoft and the like, so it’s going to be very hard to find work in my chosen field. It goes to show, listen to your parents when they tell you which dreams to follow, they know best”.
Meanwhile, a think-tank of Dads operating out of a Waterford pub have crowed about how they ‘saw all this coming’, and expressed a hope that young people would finally catch a hold of themselves.
“Youngsters planning their lives aren’t going to want to hear this, but not everyone can have a nice cushy soft-hands job with a ping pong table and a subsidised canteen,” said one Dad we spoke to, who was finding it hard to hide his glee that nobody was going to have an easier life than the one he found himself slogging through.
Elsewhere, career guidance teachers are being advised not to recommend jobs in the tech industry to students who display an aptitude for mathematics, computer science or creativity, and instead point them towards something more recession-proof like construction or hospitality.