learn to code? become a welder instead, a flagger, a plumber, an iron- or steelworker. something with a union. something with training. something with safety standards. something with even the faintest structures for asserting ethics. there’s nothing for you behind software’s glamour but trauma and anguish.
@elomatreb all devs today draw wealth from rivers of blood. relatively speaking you’re better off with the union
@garbados the promise of money and a big comfort zone
@dragon and PTSD
surely.. there are some guilds and unions for coders?
@ahanon in the US? nope. you can get fired for even saying union.
@garbados Good idea.
@garbados also you’re honestly probably far better off in a revolution or apocalypse if you can do those physical infrastructure skills
Granted, I am just one person.
Unionized industries seem to require certifications and classes. I've been welding since I was five, but I still gotta prove I'm a deserving individual by paying my way past the industry gatekeeping. I taught myself how to use a lathe, milling machine, and a vast array of common shop tools, and functionally I could call myself a millwright or a pipefitter or a machinist, but the union is afraid of uncertified individuals lowering wages for everyone they represent.
I've done construction from groundbreaking to foundations to shingles and drywall, wiring and plumbing. If you're not licensed and bonded, nobody cares that you grew up doing construction on the farm.
The only industry that I've seen with a decent union is secretarial services for my capital city's desk workers.
Working with your hands is not the answer.
I don't know what is.
@garbados aaannnndddd this is exactly why i got out of "IT"
@garbados Ouch. Yes, us software devs are makers and we need a union too. And yes, we got training, education, certification just like any other engineer and / or architect. And yes, each of us should pick up a manual trade as well. I personally fancy blacksmithing and stone tablet messaging.
@garbados and you can't make a cast iron frying pan out of code
@garbados Just avoid electrician. Despite the union it has the highest on-job mortality rate in the US as I recall (Or second after skydiving instructor?)
@garbados I'm honestly definitely on the verge of dropping out of this desk job and learning to be an electrician or a welder. Would probably already have done it if I worked in tech...
@garbados I’m not a coder but as I get older and see the way things are going I wish I had a profitable skill that didn’t require the internet.
@gigavinyl it sure is
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