Robotic Recruiting Calls!

Help us, Heineken R2D2...  You're our only hope!
Help us, Heineken R2D2... You're our only hope!

Today I was dialed by a Robo-Dialer and asked by a synthesized voice if I was available for a Drupal developer position. It was somewhat creepy as I had just been talking moments prior about various countries' difficulties in hiring top talent for high-tech jobs. It's rather amazing how much of a numbers game it has become for recruiting agencies; just a few short years ago people were unable to find work, but somehow in high tech the story quickly became how strapped for properly-trained engineers we are.

We seriously need to bolster our training options to get our masses ramped up for the new economy and all the tech warfare we're facing in our near future. How are we going to defend ourselves against the countless attacks and compromises we're about to face in technology, from cyber-terrorism to industrial and national espionage to just plain-old degredation of our electronic infrastructure, if we have to resort to robots in scouring the planet for engineers just to fix our Cheeseburger Coupon websites?!?

Scary stuff, y'all.