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Jul 25 2013   4:23PM GMT

Check your anecdotes. Is it still cool to say you are a Google coder?

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It’s amazing how quickly things change in IT. Things go from cool to unpopular overnight. And it’s not just the technology itself but the IT bods in the industry.

I was chatting to an analyst this week about IT jobs in investment banks. He was talking about how it is no longer cool to be a coder at an investment bank. This is because of all the problems the credit crunch caused.

“A few years ago it was cool to tell someone at a dinner party that you work with software at an investment bank. But it is not anymore and is much cooler to say you are a coder at Google,” he told me.

Hold on one second. Tax avoidance! See what I mean? You develop a great anecdote and it is out of date pretty quickly.

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