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Telecom pros “cautiously optimistic”

Despite ongoing layoffs and company losses, telecom professionals remain "cautiously optimistic" about long-term career opportunities. This is the finding of recent surveys of more than 1,000 telecom ...


September 1, 2001  


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Despite ongoing layoffs and company losses, telecom professionals remain “cautiously optimistic” about long-term career opportunities. This is the finding of recent surveys of more than 1,000 telecom types conducted by TelecomCareers.net of New Orleans, LA.

Forty-three percent of those surveyed by the telecom-focused career Web site felt that wireless technologies hold the greatest promise, while nearly a quarter thought optical technologies would create the most opportunity.

“The majority of our job seekers entered the telecom industry with the great post-1996 boom, and most still believe that competition and new technologies will continue to create better career choices,” said TelecomCareers.net president Quinn Jones. “Even with the massive layoffs, 88 per cent of people we surveyed would again select telecom as their chosen career path.”

Other survey findings included the following: 67 per cent of those surveyed said they were more cautious about changing jobs; 44 per cent said their companies have reduced perks and benefits as a result of the downturn; 55 per cent think the current hiring freeze is their biggest obstacle to finding new work; and 25 per cent of laid off telecom workers are doing temporary, freelance or contract work while looking for a new job.


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