Take Up Code
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Take Up Code is a podcast that explains computer programming topics through fun and engaging examples that you can relate to. The guided format allows you to gain valuable understanding of topics that will reinforce your studies, allow you to train new skills that you can apply on your job, and change your thinking about what it takes to become a professional programmer. The episodes are as short as possible so you can squeeze them into your daily routine.
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193: Kids Either Leave or Go to Jail.
4 days ago
My dad recently said that he noticed a lot more police activity recently. He lives in a small rural town and told me that kids now days either leave or go to jail.
There’s lots of small towns that used to have a factory in a nearby town where people could go to work. Some of those have closed or reduced the number of people they need. Even the factories that are still doing good just don’t need as many workers. They need skilled workers. People who understand technology and,yes, people who know how to code. The problem is that there’s no longer a path to get these skills by entering the company as a regular worker.
You used to be able to operate machines and after a while understand how they worked. You could either advance through management or as a highly skilled operator. This was enough to support a family and build a good career. The management route is still open but even that usually requires some amount of advanced skills that you don’t normally gain through regular labor.
All of this is contributing to what my dad was talking about. His point was that if the kids don’t leave the small towns, then there’s no opportunity for them to gain the skills they need. They fall behind and eventually get desperate enough to consider theft. That is, assuming they don’t get trapped in drugs first.
I remember when my sister graduated from that small town high school. She told me that she would do well because she was one of the top students in the school. I told her it was not enough. Unless she was one of the top students in the country, that achievement would not carry her very far. Maybe it would have been enough to be a good student in a small town once. You could get a decent starting position in a local company or factory and make a good living. But that false sense of accomplishment usually ends fast once these students try to compete for good jobs at bigger and more centralized companies. Now the companies have a wider selection of people to choose from. And if there’s one thing I can promise you, it’s this. There will always be somebody else smarter than you, harder working than you, and luckier than you.
Don’t try to fight that. It’s a losing battle.
The only measure of success that means anything is how well you improve and advance yourself each day. Don’t compare yourself with others.
This is what my dad meant when he said that