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8 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2019 When was the last time your company hired someone straight out of school, or even under 40? Until recently, I would have guessed 1985. But there's something happening, and I hope it's the beginning of a trend. Young people are once again entering the PCB design commu- nity workforce, and the overall PCB manufac- turing industry as well. It's not a flood of youngsters—yet. They're not joining us by the thousands, but certainly in the hundreds. You even see young designers and EEs at trade shows now, chatting with us silverbacks. And it's refreshing to talk to these "kids," as I term anyone under 40. They have an entirely fresh worldview, one that we don't hear about when we're talking with other mid- dle-aged folks who have been in electronics design and manufacturing for decades. They're excited, not jaded and killing time until retire- ment. Further, the young people of the industry discuss apps, altered reality, and drones, not the "good old days" of 1990, or 1970. (I know some of you started in this industry way before that!) They even chuckle at our war stories. They've never driven a rental car around Toronto while wrestling with a fold-out map on the way to that next appointment. They've also never used FedEx Overnight to send a file to a co-worker. The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007 The Youth of the Industry

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