Got niche? Got niche?
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Posts 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Got niche?

  1. #1

    My post count is Majestic

    d000hg - scorchio!

    d000hg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    My house
    Posts
    32,049

    Default Got niche?

    Just wondered, who here has particularly niche skills which could be valuable given a chance to use them?

    For me, the main one is Gensym G2. Nearly got me a £600/day gig on the mainland once when I got called out of the blue. Never seen anything since.
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryPoppins View Post
    I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
    Quote Originally Posted by vetran View Post
    Urine is quite nourishing

  2. #2

    Party Animal

    Zippy has more data than eek

    Zippy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Mr Flibble's wardrobe
    Posts
    20,670

    Default



    The ability to walk upright and use simple tools. I live in hope that will land me a gig someday.
    +50 Xeno Geek Points
    Come back Toolpusher, scotspine, Voodooflux. Pogle
    As for the rest of you - DILLIGAF

    Purveyor of fine quality smut since 2005

    CUK Olympic University Challenge Champions 2010/2012

  3. #3

    My post count is Majestic

    NickFitz has reached the peak. Play again?

    NickFitz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Your local branch
    Posts
    45,840

    Default

    I keep hoping that one day I'll get The Call: "Hi, our client is looking for somebody who's implemented Forth on the 68000."

    Ah well, back to implementing it on the iPhone...

  4. #4

    TPDeity

    DS23 has more data than eek

    DS23's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    26,565

    Default

    yes thanks.

  5. #5

    Super poster

    Board Game Geek is too good to be a permie

    Board Game Geek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    In a Cave
    Posts
    4,064

    Default

    I've stayed away from niche for a reason.

    Jobs are few and far between, competition is fierce and someone else will always get it anyway, you have to blimming travel to lawd-knows-where to do it, and being such a small sector, chances are everyone knows everyone else forcing you to have to grovel and schmooze your way around.

    With an all-round general skillset in IT, covering not just PC's but Servers, AD, Networking, IP telephony, CCTV over IP, MS Office training, etc, I've not had any problems.
    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    C.S. Lewis

  6. #6

    More fingers than teeth

    minestrone is NOT a disguised employee

    minestrone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    16,003

    Default

    I remember when java was a niche skill.

  7. #7

    Faqqed Off

    TheFaQQer is a fount of knowledge

    TheFaQQer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    36,487

    Default

    Yes.

    Or rather, I had, until Oracle scrapped the product because they bought a "standards-based" replacement
    Best Forum Advisor 2014
    Work in the public sector? You can read my FAQ here
    Click here to get 15% off your first year's IPSE membership

  8. #8

    Banned

    Tingles has no reputation


    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    No Fixed Abode
    Posts
    1,326

    Default

    When I passed my ITIL exam in 2000 - it was a niche - now every buggers got it.....

  9. #9

    System Manager

    Sysman is a permanent contractor

    Sysman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    8,770

    Default

    I've been in some niche areas at times. The trick is to not get dragged too far in and be prepared to move on. Make yourself "invaluable" and if you are not careful you can get stuck with a stale technology. It can be pretty boring too.

  10. #10

    More fingers than teeth

    OwlHoot - scorchio!

    OwlHoot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,348

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    Just wondered, who here has particularly niche skills which could be valuable given a chance to use them?

    For me, the main one is Gensym G2. Nearly got me a £600/day gig on the mainland once when I got called out of the blue. Never seen anything since.
    Must be a sod having to commute from the Isle of Wight.

    Seriously, a problem with niche skills is that for most people they tend to be patchy and specialized even within that niche. But the snag is you need a complete set or else, as BGG (I think) pointed out, some other applicant will always come along and trump you with a broader skill set even if perhaps not as deep in your speciality.
    Last edited by OwlHoot; 15th November 2009 at 12:32.
    Work in the public sector? Read the IR35 FAQ here

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •