irectly relevant (my first job took my applied science degree and only one very small Fortran image processing application before using me to write software for data collection and process systems).
For most companies in most fields the kid from college will need as much training as the wheel nut fitter. You possibly can argue the wheel nut fitter is not as 'clever' so might not learn as fast. However that was a deliberate extreme and the reality is that the 40 year old looking for a career change has probably got a degree, possibly post grad and years of learning and experience any of which could be valuable. He probably also has family and friend ties in an area and is more stable.
As for the 150k, I have no idea what that is supposed to refer to, the average salary in the US is not in that area as far as I remember from my time there, and certainly the difference between new kid and experienced man isn't.
As for square pegs and round holes, I agree you are not paid to do that, what you are paid (and in the UK handsomely paid) to do is to find the perfect fit. What I argue is that doing a quick keyword match on a CV that any 16 year old part time school kid could do for you with a cheap bit of VB is NOT what you are paid to do. You are paid to look deaper and find the person who wants the job, has knowledge and experience that are valuable, has enthusiasm, drive, ambition, who will stay for more than a couple of years.
My more realistic examples hold true - an engineer writing applications in C++ for consumer products is automatically disqualified from ever writing a bank application. This pushes up the price of banking staff without improving their quality.…
ff it up that we create the looks that remind me of the look a dog gets when you make a high pitched noise.
I sent a tweet to a kid the other day asking if he was interested in a job in Dallas or if any of his friends might be. He came back and said the he had another year before he graduated but he would ask his colleagues. Colleagues??? I thought college kids had buddies, friends and frat brothers. Colleagues indeed, you are a baby programmer, you have geek buddies or at best fellow students. Doctors and Scientists have colleagues and only after they have been out of fellowship for a few years. My word picture was some goofy kid in tennis shoes with his baseball cap on backwards with sunglasses on his head saying, "Hello colleagues, any of you giving consideration to Dallas after you matriculate. Crap!