I wish there was more to this story. This blog post is based on a report titled “2020 State of Software Engineers” published by the data science team at Hired. The report is based on analysis of hiring on their platform as well as a survey of 1,600 users of their platform. Without seeing either the underlying data or the questionnaire, it’s hard to interpret these results. I want to know more about the pre existing stereotype. Is it a person who stays up late drinking coffee and listening to heavy metal?
I’m rather put off by the whole thing, myself. Stereotypes are inherently disrespectful of human diversity, and perpetuating them in a professional context is only harmful to individuals and to the profession. It saddens me to see IEEE promoting this shallow and unscientific ‘hot take’.
The data collected by such a study could indeed be useful to those looking to hire or retain engineering talent, but we’d need to see the questions, the distributions of answers, and as much context as possible about how it was collected. Then, we should compare findings across similar studies from different researchers and populations and times. That’s how real social science is done.
I don’t know, maybe the blog post is just an ad for the actual data set? It’s still in poor taste.
Isn’t the point of this that the stereotypes aren’t accurate? To me, it’s less “create a new stereotype” than “recognize that your expectations aren’t accurate.”