‘HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points’
rachelandrew.co.uk/archives/20

this says so many things i agree with, i hardly know where to begin pulling quotes. web design and dev used to be something you could organically transition toward from a variety of other roles or hobbies. there was a broad, porous space between laypeople and ultra nerds. this zone created a culture i was able to grow and succeed within. it is now nearly gone.

back then, the worst boomers hadn’t figured the internet out yet; most of them were literally afraid of computers when i was coming up. they’d just hand you the keys and tell you to go figure it out while running away as fast as possible

maybe i only got where i am because the fabric of capitalism was ripping a little bit due to the rapid growth of a new technology, and there weren’t enough formal training avenues to certify a new type of worker, so a bunch of us slipped in

but the fact that so many of us “slipped in” and then did fine — what does that say about the fact that those gaps have been plugged, particularly about the people who plugged them?

gosh you can tell i can’t get off this subject 😂 started loosely sketching the trajectories i saw people take “into tech” vs what it looks like for new workers today, at least from what i’ve seen of hiring. are people still sneaking into the server room from other parts of the office? (only slightly joking)

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@alana @remotenemesis true true, but in my experience those long winding paths mean you're not making much money till the end of them, if even then. I took one of those paths and didn't crack $50k a year till I was in my 40s. I work with a 26 year old colleague who's probably paid approximately what I'm paid now.

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