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I got contacted by a consulting firm. I am in their database, but the inquiry originated from the IT business interest organization ITB. The ITB have launched a campaign to attract young people to the IT business since we are seriously lacking people in this sector in Denmark.
I have previously had a student in training in my company for a week and I very much believe in this concept for giving a people a glance into a world they have no chance of getting to know, while in school unless they have direct contact with the business via family or something.
So this new inquiry sounded very interesting and I mailed ITB the relevant information and indicated my interest.
Now I am officially a 'Role Model' with ITB and perhaps they will ask me to visit a high school or job fair to give my view and version on how it is to work in the IT business.
So yesterday I was invited to a workshop on being a role model and how you would go about adressing high school students.
I somewhat assumed what the audience at the workshop would be, so I wore my 2600 hooded sweatshirt, with the writing 'hacker' on the back. The last workshop I attended was the NPW, but this was different - And as I assumed I totally stood out. Ties, black suits, high-heels and lots of ironed pants - it looked like a business school class reunion.
I actually met a fellow Perl hacker whom I now from back when I was a Linux user and a member of the local LUG (SSLUG), he had however chosen to wear a more formal outfit - oh well.
In general the workshop was quite good. We got information from a journalist specializing in story telling and in the end the principle from The National Film School of Denmark
And that guy (Poul Nesgaard) is really funny, I used to watch him on TV when I was a kid and he could still make me laugh.
So now I am just awaiting an invitation to go out and entertain young people with the delights of working in the IT business.
I am trying to gather as many anecdotes from my work as I can to see if I have any which can be entertaining enough to present to the targeted audience.