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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger) 253

ShaunC writes: Is there a glut of qualified American tech workers, or isn't there? Some companies like Facebook and Airbnb are now actively courting and recruiting high school students as young as 13 with promises of huge stipends and salaries. As one student put it, "It's kind of insane that you can make more than the U.S. average income in a summer." Another who attended a Facebook-sponsored trip said he'd "forego college for a full-time job" if it were offered. Is Silicon Valley taking advantage of naive young workers?
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

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  • Re:Not new (Score:2, Informative)

    by m00sh ( 2538182 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @07:54PM (#47411447)

    In 1999, my company offered an 18 year old summer intern a programming job. He turned us down to attend college. Spending 4 years doing calculus and reading The Count of Monte Cristo was not going to improve his earnings potential. Spending 4 years in a real office doing real programming would have improved his earnings potential.

    Keep telling yourself that.

    An 18 year old is not going to enjoy spending his entire day with fat middle-aged office drones. He would rather go to college, party, make friends and score with other 18 year old girls.

    He can always go back to a programming job anytime he wants.

  • Re:Not new (Score:5, Informative)

    by AuMatar ( 183847 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @08:04PM (#47411501)

    But equivalent work experience is a lot longer. I might believe that someone with no degree and a decade plus of experience is as good as someone with a degree and 3-4 years, but he'd have to prove it. I find almost nobody without at least 3 years of college has a decent grasp of the fundamentals of computer science- data structures, algorithms, critical thinking and design. The people without degrees tend to just know how to google for answers and copy the results, and god forbid you change frameworks or languages on them- they're hopeless. Its to the point that no degree and less than 6 or 7 years of experience isn't going to get an interview over a guy right out of college because the odds favor the college grad having a higher ceiling.

  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @08:33PM (#47411657)

    but there's nothing even close to a ban.

    The Supreme Court of the United States [] disagrees with you.

  • by slew ( 2918 ) on Tuesday July 08, 2014 @08:34PM (#47411665)

    Yes, but 13yo actors and athletes need special work permits and still need to attend to school whilst working.

    In many localities, they must have part of their earnings put directly into trust funds (e.g., a Coogan account in California) so neither they or their parents will blow all the money on something, or up something...

    Also, when the sums of money are large enough, many reputable employers require profession agent representation (so they don't claim to have been taken advantage of and sue later).

    I doubt any of these internet companies are doing any of these even minimal best-practices/policies for these 13yo nerds (and these minimal things don't even prevent the Lindsey Lohans and Tracy Austins of the world)...

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!