Let Geeks Lead

30 March 2002 15:48

Bart pointed me to an article in one of the local dailies that touches something that's been on my mind for quite a while already. One of the things that I'm disappointed with when it comes to working here in my own home country is that you can't find many great and brilliant minds in the technical fields doing like what their counterparts are in other countries. The situation is such that they've opted to work in those other countries where their skills can be made full use of and their contributions are much appreciated. If they've opted to work in this country, sooner or later, you'll find them doing the selling stuff. Either that or they eventually end up in some managerial positions where they no longer deal with the nitty gritty details of things anymore, which is sad because as John Carmack, the technical genius behind hit games like the Doom, Quake series once said in aninterview, "I feel bad for some companies out there. The founders, who are these incredible engineers, are now directors of their departments doing management rather than engineering. At the same time most of the people they are managing are nowhere near as good as they were at doing the actual work."

So why is this happening you ask? As the report mentioned, it can be attributed to the fact that they are not compensated well enough as those who are involved in the selling of the stuff they're building. I may be making a broad generalization here but fact of the matter is that the mentality and mindset of the people here and this region is still focused on selling of things rather than building it. Not surprising since, as the article also mentions, it goes back to our ancestors in the 15th century dealing with trade. One can hope that the mindset changes. Personally, I find working in the trenches dealing with the nuts and bolts of things as exciting, as I experienced over the last four years I have worked. Sooner or later though, the need for money to support oneself and family through life will set in and hence the need to change fields. I can't see myself taking to that easily though. I'm seriously hoping things'll somewhat change, otherwise, these people may find no motivation to work here anymore if they choose to continue doing what they know they can do best.

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