Her disillusionment extends beyond her company and to the industry itself. “It’s seemingly luck whichever part of tech you fall in. Right now, AI is taking off, so everyone else feels like they’re getting left behind. It’s not just my company: the market itself doesn’t know what it needs to do to succeed, or where it’s headed. I no longer feel inspired, or that ‘buzz’ when I first stepped into the office.”
‘The glory days will be back’
Dobroski believes that excitement for jobs in the tech sector will only return once the economy fully recovers, layoffs end and companies recommence hiring en masse.
Until then, only certain roles remain coveted. “History has shown that when there’s job growth, that’s the signal there are opportunities for job seekers,” he says. “For now, there are areas within the industry that are still very attractive to tech talent, such as AI teams among both Big Tech and start-ups.”
Although he’s left the industry, Michael says he’d still work for a Big Tech firm in the future. “The benefits are great, and you’re driven to work on big problems you can one day point to and say, ‘I developed that’. The glory days will be back: a couple of years post-economic downturn and it’ll be back to 2021. Tech talent is always going to be in short supply.”
But for now, many tech workers are beginning to look elsewhere. “Most of my colleagues feel the same way: we’re working towards something that’s going nowhere,” says Alessandra. “And after seeing so many close colleagues suddenly be made redundant, or quit as a result, we’ve lost faith in what we’re trying to achieve. Most of us are planning our exit strategies from the company – and some even from the industry.”
The BBC is withholding Michael and Alessandra’s surnames for job-security concerns