Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour
> (hint: at some point someone has to be trained by someone!).
Might there be a clue there as to an attitude problem?
It would be unusual for new hires these days not to have a portfolio of open source code that they can link to on their CV (which in part explains why there is so much shit and dead code on Github and the like), showing that a) they had the motivation and intellectual curiosity to solve interesting problems without prompting, b) that they acquired the relevant skills in the course of their studies, and c) that they complemented those skills with their own learning and research.
I know guys in Austria and Germany who started their own companies before graduating. I also know someone who started his before he even *started* uni (he's a billionaire now, btw). Over in San Francisco, Mssrs Brin and Page did not particularly seem to suffer from a "lack of training" either, to put an example.
So I'm sorry, but seems the world has turned into a more competitive place since the last time you looked.