To Water Bird

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Dear Water Bird,

I would like to exchange some ideas with you.

1) IT industry has a high salary. A lot of people, qualified or
unqualified, want to share this cake. We should understand this
as an well-established fact, just like boys chasing beautiful girls and girls appreciating successful boys.

2) Don't rush to some absolute conclusions . This is not specific to talking about IT field. We may get into trouble, sooner or later, if we
make some too strict statements. In English, there are a lot of phrases that can help up. "for instance", "generally speaking", "roughly speaking",
...just name a few.

3) 我是半路出家的. I have ever met many, many unqualified programmers. Of course, some of them are 半路出家的, but not all of them. In IT industry, degrees do not mean much. Many people with a MS degree of MIS or CS cannot pick up their assignments. Resume faking is not an issue existing among Chinese people only. White people, Indians, and Russians are also faking resumes. Some of my friends, coming from Beida and Tsinghua, with 4-6 years of
(C/C++) programmer experiences in China, still need to fake their resumes. My understanding is: Resume faking is not the reason for our poor profile in IT industry. Programmers with no solid skills are the deepest reason..

4) A few words about lay-off. Lay-off is different from being fired. At present, a lot of companies are downsizing. Companies usually lay off
people by closing some branches, offices, groups. If you happen to be in this group, office, or branch, you won't escape no matter how good your skill is. For Canadians and Americans, laid-off can jeopardize a family because they usually don't have many savings. As our colleagues and our countrymen are laid off, we should be considerate,
not making any sharp comments. Your posting sounds too cruel, at least to me.

5) Now a lot of Chinese people are immigrating to Canada as programmers. My observation is that some of them are not true programmers, and some of them have only out-of-date skills.
For these countrymen, I do encourage them to learn something new, but we cannot deprive their rights to sneak into Canadian IT job markets.
Among those who come from other fields, few people have made as much progress as I have done within 1-2 years. However, I have to
confess that I am luckier than other friends. Here is my philosophy:
As I am making a salary, I never forget the day I was in the dark.
So I hope we make more encoraging, but not irritative, comments.

6) Again my core points: No problem with faked resumes, but one needs true skills. Without true skills, one will be in trouble sooner or later. One of my friends knows little about EJB, but he got a $65K job
in Vancouver. He moved from Toronto to Vancouver, but he came back to Toronto after one week!
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