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I remember not so long ago when various acquaintances of mine were living champagne careers and could ask for the salary of their choice in addition to benefit packages. I also remember recruiters asking me to try to lure my acquaintances to their clients with the promise of $1000 finder's fee if they stayed with the company for a minimum of 6 months. My acquaintances got up to $5,000 hiring bonus.

However, the balloon burst and bye bye bonuses and champagne careers. I read news stories regarding former IT employees who couldn't find work as Help Desk Representatives and eventually ended up homeless. Others had to go as far as waiting in line with 20 other former IT employees for bar waiters and waitresses positions because their unemployment benefits ran out. I fell into the IT craze late and had only a few glorious months of lofty per hour paychecks. After several months of being passed by for far more experienced IT personnel applying for positions that were 5 years beneath them, I ended up applying at fast food places after my unemployment was used up. I finally went back to what I knew best - Administrative & Managerial Assistance.

It's five yeas later and a stream has made its way through the wasteland rocks of the Information Technology industry. On November 7th, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, designated Darth Vader guiding the imperial IT Storm Troopers into a Microsoft shiny technology advanced future, said that US is not supplying enough Information Technology talent.

Hua? Is he serious? Once bitten, twice shy. After the fall from IT glory I know I'm no where's near ready to go back to flipping hamburgers and asking if customers would like to super size their meal. But when Bill Gates talk people do tend to listen and follow and I'm at least listening.

At the 2006 Microsoft Business Forum in Moscow on Tuesday, Bill Gates said a shortage of information technology graduates from Western universities is leading companies to call on developing countries to meet IT demand.

After the break up of the Soviet Union, Russia's internationally renowned education system became an inexpensive talent pool for the US. Dozens of Russian language Web sites offer computer programming jobs in the United States, alongside visa support and language training.

"Worldwide, a lot of the developed countries are not graduating as many IT students as they were in the past, which is kind of ironic as it does mean it does increase the opportunities," Bill Gates went on to say "There is a shortage of IT skills on a worldwide basis. Anybody who can get those skills here now will have a lot of opportunity."

Russia loses around 700,000 people each year -- about 0.5% of its total population to emigration, disease and alcoholism.

Earlier on that day, Gates attended a seminar on innovation and information technology for regional officials from across Russia alongside First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a man touted as a possible successor to President Vladimir Putin, whose second and final term in office expires in 2008.

During his 30 minute speech at the 2006 Microsoft Business Forum in Moscow Bill Gates stressed the importance to maintain the pace of research in the IT sector.

He said roll up and stuff-in-your-pocket screens would be available in the next few years and students would study from portable computer tablets that act as interactive tutors. "The curriculum will be redesigned in such a way around that device," he said.

So what does that mean for US Information Technology career professionals or those who are considering a career in Information Technology? My first security blanket reaction is forget it! But this is Bill Gates. He has earned his reputation as a technology innovator and a shrewd businessman. For a long time he was my Darth Vader 'alls fair in business' hero.

He created the world's largest company and has been named one of the world's richest men. Despite the wealth and ruthless domination of the global computer industry, Bill Gates maintains it is the programming itself which is his abiding passion. In his everlasting pursuit to be the best, Bill Gates is also one of the biggest charitable givers in history.

Bill Gate's books have skyrocketed to the best seller lists


- The Road Ahead
- Business @ the Speed of Thought

Now the big question is "is he right?" Has the United States fall behind in providing talented and educated technology enthusiast and career minded professionals with the drive that both US companies as well as international companies need?

Time magazine has ranked Bill Gates among the world's most influential people more times than any other man, and as one of only four people in history to have shaped both the 20th century and the early 21st.


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