The grumpy whining about young engineers continues with Part 2 of my commentary on the skills of the fresh-faced in our industry. For context, please make sure you’ve read the original post and Part 1 of this response.
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In my last post I put on my finest slacks, put in my teeth, and questioned whether the “youth of today” understand a dang thing about networking in any kind of detail below the concept of IP.
Apart form the obvious fact that I like to whine about young whippersnappers, why, you may wonder, did I let rip on that particular topic?
I’ve interviewed many network engineering candidates over the last few years, and one theme that keeps on coming up over and over again is a total lack of understanding of what I consider to be “the basics.”
Do younger engineers really have no in depth knowledge?
I’m sitting in my hotel room at the end of Networking Field Day 7 (NFD7), and I have to say, this event has been better even than NFD4 and NFD5. We were treated to presentations from the sponsors that found me frequently saying “Oh wow, that’s amazing.”
I’m going to dig into some of the sponsors’ specific solutions in upcoming posts, so I’ll share a quick reminder of what each of them talked about, and then share some thoughts about the themes that kept on reoccurring throughout the week; they really are a sign of where the industry is going, in case we didn’t already know!