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apotheon (5460)

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I'm a third generation computer geek. I happen to like Perl, Ruby, XHTML, and C, in no particular order. I happen to dislike Visual Basic, VBScript, Python, and Java.

I'm a Linux geek — I'm a fan of Debian in particular. I know a lot about Windows system administration. The knowledge and experience that goes with my familiarity and expertise with Windows is part of the reason I like Debian GNU/Linux so much.

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Saturday December 31, 2005
10:27 PM

On the Job Apprenticeship

[ #28192 ]

I wonder why nobody hires people these days with the intention of giving them scutwork to do and, thereby, helping them gain further skill in the task. Right about now, my dream job title might be "Perl Flunky I".

Nobody's soliciting resumes for that, though.

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  • I guess one big problem is pay... a lot of the Perl places that might be interested in hiring a flunky aren't necesarily able to financially do so for anything more than shit wages...

    And then of course, as soon as the person is decent, they are going to dissapear off to some other job.

    Or at least, that's the impression I've got from a number of different places.

    Another group tend to hire as soon as they need the talent, and they need people that can hit the ground running.

    Of course, that's why Open Source s
    • If I could do it "part time" but with a mentor, I would do it without pay. The best way to learn is by doing and having someone there supervising doesn't hurt either.

      Right now I use Perl on anything I can at work and I read read read.

    • I agree with your points, and have seen similar reasons arise for the trends I've noticed. On the other hand. . . .

      The problem, to some extent, seems to be that employers seem to get themselves into a rigidly imposed rut of sorts with regards to how they view their employees. If you (for some definition of "you" that is equivalent to "most employers") hire someone apprentice-level for crap wages, you expect to be able to pay crap wages forever, and later express surprise when the former a

      print substr("Just another Perl hacker", 0, -2);