RE: Having a Life Re: Educational areas to pursue

Subject: RE: Having a Life Re: Educational areas to pursue
From: John Posada <JPosada -at- book -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 13:45:22 -0500

Paul...I don't know if the discussion started that way. I think I was the
first response to the original post, and the position I put forward was that

If the employer was willing to pay for additional learning, and
If the employer gave guidance on what to learn

That the employee should try to comply with his wishes AND what was selected
should be oriented toward technical (I used the example of Oracle
certification) rather than tools (more FM on top of what...4 or 6 years of
existing skill?).

Nowhere in the original post did the poster object to learning, just that
IMHO, what the poster was looking to learn was not the biggest bang for the

John Posada
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-----Original Message-----
From: Paul DuBois [mailto:paul -at- kitebird -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: Having a Life Re: Educational areas to pursue

> <<Even if you don't really learn much, or discover you hate it, what is
> downside?>>
> I'm in the camp that says you should learn everything you can about the
> technologies you document. However there is a downside to courses taken in
> evening or on the weekend. Even if the Boss pays tuition AND time.

What I object to is the notion that by hiring me, an employer owns all
my time and can designate all that time to employer ends -- which, it
seems to me, is what some of the previous postings came fairly close to


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