Embedded Engineering Jobs and Controlling Your Own Destiny

I was recently interviewed by Karen Field, EETimes director of content, for her article Embedded Job Market Expands, But Boomers Feel the Squeeze. In the article, Karen talks about how the job market is heating up for embedded engineers overall, but that layoffs continue in many key industries.

Karen asked me about engineers who have been laid off after working 15 to 20 years for big companies, to which I responded: ““The unfortunate reality is that is how big business works today. Once a company starts looking at an employee as a cost—a commodity that they can eliminate—they do the math and realize they can get rid of one person and hire two more at half the salary. Or cut a few managers and slice a million bucks out of the budget.”

It’s a good article with plenty of valuable information, so I encourage you to head over there and read it. But if you’re a senior engineer or engineering manager, the most important take-away for you is to stay in touch with people like me.

Lay-offs can happen at any stage of a career. Your best bet is always to stay out in front, and you do that with information. And while some recruiters don’t have time for you until they have an opening, that’s not how I work. I want to stay in touch with you throughout your career.

I can help you analyze what’s happening in the market, which companies are hiring (and firing), what skills and technical abilities are picking up steam, which geographies are hot (or not), where I’m seeing people effectively cross-over between industries, etc. We can also talk through your resume and where you might have weaknesses to shore up, or if there are opportunities elsewhere that are worth exploring.

For most people, the best way to get a raise is to get a new job. And wouldn’t you rather be in control of your destiny rather than waiting for your employer to decide it for you? I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic, so watch this space for a new post coming soon on creating your career Plan B.


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