I ranted some time ago that while looking for quant jobs on LinkedIn, I noticed an ordinary job post (no big name or big money mentioned) with 1048 applicants. What shocked me was that the job was posted just 17 hours previously. So getting ahead in this field has become a ruthless numbers game. Now, more to how fucked the field of programming is. A few days ago I swallowed the vomit that automatically gags in my mouth just when thinking about it and tried to create an account on UpWork. Thought it might worth a try getting in contact with some of the high bidders who have "quant" or "options trading" in their posts. Well, I got rejected. Three times, automatically, with the message "sorry, skills not in demand". Tried to contact a human being for a more elaborate answer, not fucking possible, it's all automated machine-gunning there. Eventually I found a FAQ of them which says "we have more than 10,000 applicants each day but only allow a few". Now this strikes me as a very weird business model, unlike Facebook or LinkedIn who are more than happy to increase their user base. But Jesus fucking Christ! The field has become so crappy that even the bottom of the shitthole known as UpYoursWork is now machine gunning programmers with 20 years of industry of experience like they'd do to the rookiest rookie. The path forward is clear: 1) Keep my crappy job because the grass is only browner on the other side of the fence. 2) Play the lottery and try to beat the numbers game. This necessarily means break out of the anonymous 10,000 mowed-down victims and make myself and possible (I'd say necessary) associates a name.