I read today that unemployment has risen to 7.6%. Yes, its official – we are in a recession. However, that does not mean there isn’t opportunity because there is. If everyone believed everything the press is saying our economy does not have a chance and the United States is going to cease to exist.
I also read today that the U.S. government is going to re-visit its parameters for H-1B Visas because they are being used by recruiting body shops rather than giving foreign nationals the real opportunity that they seek. This means that application developers and specialist are going to be able to make up ground that they have lost to foreign nationals in the past.
My suggestion is for developers to increase their skill-set now before the economy begins to get worse. Information technology consulting has never been a steady business it always has had peaks and valleys. When the economy is good projects are plentiful. When it starts to decline projects usually come to a grinding halt. But is you have multiple skills it decrease your odds of becoming a statistic.
Organizations try to do more and more internally rather than outsource it when the economy begins to falter. The more skills a person has the better chances one has to stay employed. This holds true for IT staffing, development and consulting. Additionally, when a developer or infrastructure architect can show an organization how to safe time, investment and people through the implementation of their solution they will endear themselves to that particular organization.
Good information technology strategy can more than pay for itself in this economy. Organizations everywhere are dependent on technology and they need processes to become dynamically automated so they can accomplish more with less while the move towards models of efficiency that will contribute to the productivity of the organization.
Make it your mission to learn more applications and methodologies that can greatly increase the productivity of any company. To do this is to build value for the organization and you by ensuring there will always be a job for those that are willing to innovate and create a better way.
This is your opportunity. Make it happen!