As per the recent reports, US president Mr. Donald Trump has signed an executive order to prevent further “abuse” of the H1-B visa, which was previously enabling the software developers from India to work in the US. The billion dollar IT Industry had been using this phenomenon for decades without any trouble. The users of this include giants such as TCS, Infosys, HCL, Cognizant, Wipro and others. President Trump wants to revise the H1-B visa laws so that:

  • Americans get the equal opportunity to work fairly in their own country
  • Only skilled software developers and individuals with rare talents are called in the country
  • Prevent further abuse of the H1-B Visa

After announcement of this rule, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand followed suite, implementing their own rules to make it tough for the “immigrants” to “steal their jobs”.

Soon after, we got to know the report we all have known since a long time : 60% of Indian engineers are unemployable.

Shocking right?

The reason? After the introduction and acceptance of Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Big Data, the services the IT industry once thrived upon and were once upon a time sought after are becoming redundant. If our IT people do not upskill or upgrade, they will become redundant in the next 5-10 years.

Now, my question: Are the web designers and developers safe from this flood of change ? In all honesty, I was not able to find an answer for this, but I am going to assume that the answer is not in my favor.

How could have I missed this? why did I spend 4 years of my life just to show “Experienced web developer” on my Resume, when the technologies I work on will become redundant in the next 5 years. Somebody did warn me about the Big Data flood, but my adviser was not exactly a role model in my books. Even if they were right all along and I should have listened to them, I chose to stay my path.

Because I was struggling with something else

Because my mind had become so fragile, any subject that forced my brain to think logically (like advanced engineering mathematics, which turned out be absolutely useless in my line of work) would induce fear in me. I really regret not doing MCA (Master’s in Computer Applications) , but I didn’t have many mentors to guide me.

Because no one would hire a person who had not completed his degree.

Because no one would hire a fresher either.

Because I focused on Shut up and learn instead of Question and Earn.

But most of all, I wanted to prove that I am not a failure of life. I contemplated suicide but figured my life was worth way more to my parents and some close friends than ending it because of a difficult phase.

That was in 2012. 5 years and 2 jobs later, I stand a different man but still have a similar dilemma.

Even though the place where I work I am grateful and convenient ( Pay is on time, no reasons for headache, respected as a senior person, no troubles with management; I’m living the dream job), but seeing this news about becoming redundant and see my friends earn higher than I never did, I figured it was time to “upskill”. Then I worried about the HRs asking me about job hopping, but I realize I have bigger concerns ( I have completed 1 year at my current workplace at the time of this writing) so not really worried about that question anymore. 

I am the kind of person who is always trying out something new, keeping myself engaged. I entered web design so that I can learn SOMETHING, ANYTHING to get through that difficult phase. Choosing to do distance learning MBA was my first well thought decision, something I truly wanted to do. I did a course in Digital Marketing because I believed that SEO was more than just on-page and offpage updation, keywords and article submission. I learned Photoshop,Illustrator and InDesign to keep myself relevant. I worked in WordPress and Core PHP on a daily basis. I wasn’t able to get into other programming languages for the fear of getting confused; plus I wanted a project to actually apply that code. Freelancing is difficult for me as I cannot roast my brain in an IT project after just doing the same thing for the past 8 hrs in my office. I’m sorry but I just can’t do it. Currently working on a self made e-commerce apparel store, because I want to.

Now I’m hearing about Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning at age 26. It’s not too late to start over, or is it ?

What I want to ask is if I need to be ready for the Big Data flood that is about to hit. I want to do something that matters and pays fairly. I will probably keep web design as my passion, but I wonder if it is worth the switch ? 

Suppose If I did learn big data and got certified, would a fresher get a job in a country who only sniffs for “experienced professionals”. I would like to know what do you think.