I was wondering if any of you have noticed trends or changes in what we need to know how to do regarding website and software development, design, testing and marketing.
My husband's field, software performance testing, has changed so much he barely recognizes it anymore. For example, most software testing is automated, which is nothing new, but as the testing software advances, it doesn't seem to need humans so much. He has stories to tell about how user experience and usability testing remain out of the process. Developers are coders, not human factors trained. Companies using Agile don't add UX and UCD into the process. So, in the end, what they launch still sucks.
The other factor they deal with is companies outsourcing outside the USA for work to cut costs.
I went back to the books. The past several months have reminded me of 20 years ago when I taught myself website design and all things Internet. A few things began to happen in the past year with my work and career. The most hurtful is the expectation that my 20 years of work experience don't count. A degree or certification does, so I am grabbing courses and getting the piece of paper to prove my worth.
A lot of people here are older and been doing your work for more than 20 years. Are you keeping up? Has the technology just gone crazy and changing too fast? What are you doing to keep up? What do we need to know to be employable?
I've been thinking of getting a retail job.