Letter: Engineers are struggling, too

To the editor:

Regarding Mr. Chevalier’s commentary on the need for STEM educated graduates: My son graduated from UMass Lowell two years ago with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He has sent his resume all over the country. He registered with many job search sites, including N.H. unemployment, and filled out more job applications than I can count. But he found nothing. He rarely got any response at all. So if there are all these jobs that are going unfilled, why can’t he get a job?

My husband is a highly qualified and experienced software developer. He hasn’t been able to find anything other than the occasional short-term contract since 2001. And he’s had nothing at all for two years. If we are so short of qualified workers, why can’t he get a job?

Is it possible that the employers who are complaining about the lack of qualified workers don’t actually want to hire Americans? Is it possible it’s just an excuse so they can outsource to cheap countries?

Anna Carter


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