Among the 21 major industries the survey targeted, more than half of the talent they need will be allocated to areas such as research and development, software development, engineering, information communications and system development, Shih added.
well … not much of that stuff involves “coding”. It’s all really specialised engineering that requires not just academic know-how but years of ‘apprenticeship’ behind you, which is something Taiwan is spectacularly bad at.
Interesting that ‘food production’ is on the list. I wonder if they mean ‘farming’, or grinding up soy and corn and turning it into instant noodles? If the former they’re probably not going to get far with that - as @Explant has said in various places, there are too many stupid rules and entrenched behaviours that make it rather difficult for new entrants to improve the food landscape.
I disagree. I’ve found that people are very biased about what they think is the average intellectual level of people because they’re often surrounded by people with similar intelligence from college and beyond. You’re obviously a smart guy, likely surrounded by other smart people that would be able to pick up coding.
I’ve picked up python. I don’t think anyone can do it. It’s hard enough learning it as a new language, but to be able to picture and implement ways to use it is another thing.
Knowing how to code doesn’t make you a software developer. It makes you someone who’s going to churn out reams of unmaintainable, buggy code. “Coders” are the reason most stuff doesn’t work these days.
I was talking about the other jobs, though - shipbuilding, renewable energy, IC design, aerospace - these things have nothing to do with coding. And even the techie jobs (eg., communications, ‘smart’ devices, cybersecurity) require an immense amount of knowledge other than the obvious.
Someone wouldn’t just be able to attend some coding bootcamp or online course, call themselves a software developer or AI expert, and get a gold card.
The gold card requirements for those fields are pretty strict, involving >3-5 years of experience and verifiable achievements like patents, papers, awards, etc., which are assessed by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
That’s fine, and it’s clearly because they don’t want to pay San Francisco wages for AI engineers. But as we’ve seen with Google and other big tech in the past, they change direction at the drop of a hat.
Are you joking? The requirement is NT$160,000 per month, so more than twice the salary you mentioned. There are also other requirements in addition to salary to demonstrate you’re working in a relevant field. I don’t think some entry-level programming job would meet those, even if you multiplied the salary by 2.5.