5 Responses to Oh yes, the famous ‘skills mismatch’

  1. russ February 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Really, what else is to be expected? This military-industrial-“security” empire is ever more rapidly circling the drain. (***)

    These PhDs in the sciences and engineering want to learn more and apply more in fields dealing with tangible materials. However, the PTB only want to bundle up projects that deal with the matter of creating illusionary wealth out of debt. Crooks can’t be bothered with projects having a ROI horizon of more than 2-3 nanoseconds.

    And consider the ethical, social, and environmental effects of a project to the Seventh Generation? Puh – leeze.

    That’s the job mismatch. But it doesn’t sound good when you say it, so nobody does.

    (***) – Of course, if we were in Australia, the drain circling would be going on in the opposite direction.

  2. Allie February 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    But that’s why we need to vastly expand our Visa program to bring in scientists from other countries. Right?

  3. secondharmonic February 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Ain’t just young scientists. Older ones forced out because the grants just ran out and didn’t get refunded (or get any new ones) are skyrocketing. Unemployed and looking to leave the science mill? Yep I’m one. And 56 A bit long in the tooth to go back to school.

  4. lless February 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    @russ: Well I’ll be, turds flow upstream in Australia!

  5. russ February 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Allie – I do sense the irony you’re putting into your comment. Just a historical footnote, if we turned back to about 1965, we had scads of scientists coming to this country. Recall that at that time European countries were complaining about a “brain drain” to the U.S. – that was even a punch line in a Beatles movie – something to the effect of “he’s a victim of the brain drain; his brain is draining”.

    But that was long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

    secondharmonic – I hear what you’re saying. I’m so old I can remember, again back around 1965, that when underclassmen college students would be asked “what field do you think you want to work in?”, they would often reply “R & D”. As though it were a job classification.

    Because it was once upon a time. That all ended with the oil price shocks of the 1970s – lots of companies used to have their own R & D groups – that got thrown out the window and the only thing that mattered after that how fast you could make money with smoke and mirrors. Everything had to be its own little “profit center”; no time to improve a process. It shows.

    lless – Yes, yes they do. Also, Australians need to wear spiked shoes to prevent them from falling off the Earth, since they are constantly standing upside down. It’s a bit inconvenient.

    But at least they have their Foster’s beer to make up for it.

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