draft / being rewritten
I realize that I have left off the NVIDIA GPU annual conference which is not cheap, either. Also I have underestimated a few of the costs and I need to check them (mostly conference fees). So the real number is closer to $12,000 than to $10,000.
You will need to be able to spend $12,000 per year to stay in a field and try to keep current. You can get this number down, of course. You do not have to attend every year. Maybe you attend one set of conferences one year, and the others the year after. That might work, its non optimal, but it might work out.
My point is, although you may be unemployed and cash short, you still have out of pocket that you must spend every year if you hope to work in that field again.
These costs are on top of all your other costs of course. Such as rent, food, power and other minor things like that. Your car payments and car insurance, for example.
And how many years should you plan to do this for? Well, that is up to you and fate I suppose. But realistically, one year is too optimistic. I would plan on 3-5 and of course this could go on until you give up and go away.
If you are a consultant, whatever that means, then I would plan on spending this indefinitely.
The point is that, if you have no money, and you can not attend these conferences or do some of the other things we will discuss in later posts, then you are probably dead and can not be in these fields.
My recommendation under those circumstances is to do what the free market and our government says you should do: go fuck yourself and die. Its the only option that society has for you. Too bad, you lost, and no one cares.
For those of us concerned about policy decisions, we should not expect those who are unemployed and have no money to be able to get productively employed in the future. That would be unrealistic. There are no programs to help such people, nor is unemployment insurance more than a joke. Social Security disability might be on option, if you have a disability.
Unfortunately, being born poor is not seen as a disability by the Social Security Administration.