I am still working on the job hunting thing. I used one of those resources that evaluates my resume to help me wow HR and hiring managers.
I got dinged pretty hard on management. I have no management experience and was given a management score of 55/100.
Boy-fucking-howdy did that piss me off.
I am a Ph.D., P.E. I spent a very long time in school learning the deep fundamentals of material science. I then stacked up five years of practical experience and took an eight-hour test to shoulder the responsibility of having my opinions in my field of expertise have legal weight.
My entire career has been focused on technical acumen. My goal has been to be a subject matter expert. The indispensable reservoir of knowledge with insight and problem-solving abilities that nobody else has.
I could give less than a single fuck about management. I have no desire to track other people’s vacation days and sick time. I loathe office politics.
I hate arguing about money and budgets. Nothing drives me up the wall more than directors or managers who try to hoard the money. I viscerally hate the “we need this test done, but that has to come out of your budget” argument. It’s not their money, it’s the company’s money, and in the end, the company pays for everything, why are we fighting over department budgets and not doing the work that needs to be done.
I know that bad management sinks companies and maybe that explains why my last employer went bankrupt, but all that has done to me is reinforce the idea that I want little to do with management, and management, in general, is more of a burden than it’s worth.
I have literally worked in a place where there were more directors, product, and project managers overseeing a product than there were engineers working on that product.
I want to work in a lab, not sit in an office and write performance reports for the people using the equipment. I prefer to do my own analysis. I want to look in the microscope myself, not base my findings on pictures taken by a technician.
So why, given my credentials, should a company care about my management experience. Because if I don’t have any, I must be a loser.
Back when we were cavemen, the chief got laid the most. The Sheik had a harem. The king had his courtesans.
There were no women lining up to fuck the blacksmith or the plowman.
So in the 21st century, we still value prestigious sounding rank over technical ability, because when you say you are the VP of Whatever, and flash the executive credit card at the lounge in the Four Seasons, floozies will accept your invite back your hotel room.
When you are the subject matter expert, you don’t get the executive card or a business trip to the Four Seasons, and nobody wants to fuck you. And it’s more likely that some manager will axe your position so he can make room in the budget to upgrade his executive credit card to black status.
As a result, the only way up is to become management, the only way to justify a decent salary is to be management, and if you have no desire to be management because you focus on the technical knowledge, then that is held against you.
The corporate structure in America is undoubtedly fucked, all because we can’t get past our caveman subconscious where the guy with the biggest headdress gets the most ass.