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Friday February 29, 2008
11:44 PM

Introducing The Perl College

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This is my first ever blog/journal entry anywhere. I think this announcement was the final incentive for me to break that barrier.

What is the Perl College?

        The Perl College is a creative merger of job training and job
        fairs. Here are its primary goals:

        * Provide free top quality training to qualified
            junior level Perl developers
        * Improve their Perl skills to the intermediate level
        * Match the new graduates with Perl jobs in the hiring companies

        The Perl College was created to address these issues in
        recruiting Perl coders:

        * A shortage of intermediate level Perl developers
        * A surplus of junior level Perl developers
        * Some are not developing Perl full time
        * Many are looking for a career developing Perl but can't get
            needed training and experience
        * Companies lacking the resources to train Perl developers

        We are currently seeking both sponsors and students for this
        unique education/recruitment opportunity.

Hiring Sponsors: Thirty great applicants - cheap!

        Imagine how much it would cost in both time and money to find
        and train a qualified applicant for your Perl jobs. The Perl
        College dramatically improves the efficiency of this process by
        pre-screening and accepting only the most motivated
        students. Then we take it one step further. We take those
        already highly motivated students and train them up to a solid
        intermediate level of Perl skills. Efficiency, cost
        effectiveness and quality results - what could be better for
        your Perl recruitment needs?

Student Candidates: Put yourself ahead of the competition.

        If selected you will have a week of free training from Damian
        Conway (valued at $3000). Plus you will exposed to employers who
        are actively seeking intermediate level Perl developers.
        Competition to get in will be fierce so put your best foot
        forward. Don't wait to apply as we will take only the thirty
        most qualified students.

For more information on The Perl College, and how to apply to be a
sponsor or a student go to these pages:


Uri Guttman, Dean of The Perl College

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  • The thing you didn't mention is at the bottom of your Students [] page:

    The Perl Hunter is your exclusive employment agent for hiring sponsors for six months after these classes are over

    Basically, in exchange for providing a week of training, you're going to take the substantial recruiter fees for placing any of these thirty students over the next six months. It's not that I disagree with that, but you could tell the truth up front rather than hiding it behind "supporting that Perl community and Damian Conway".

  • Uri can certainly defend himself, but I thought I ought to comment on the parts of brian's message that relate to me too:

    Also, I wouldn't value a week of Damian's classes at $3000. I know what his prices, and it's not $90,000 per week. You're fibbing a bit there to make the students think they are getting more than they are.

    My corporate prices certainly aren't $90k a week (though I'm always open to offers! ;-)

    But Uri's statement is nevertheless still pretty accurate. Although these classes are a new

    • Hi Damian!

      If there really is an ethical issue here, I'd genuinely like to understand it. Because I'm certainly don't want to exploit anyone...I just want to help provide an opportunity for everyone (myself included) to benefit.

      My only problem is that in this announcement, Uri doesn't mention the fact that by participating as a student, you are agreeing to a six-month obligation. That should be stated up front IMO. It is not a problem with you or the "College," just this announcement of it. The important thing is that everyone who participates knows what they are getting into, and I imagine this obligation would be made clear before they agree to participate, of course, but still, I think such things should be stated

      • Thanks, Pudge. I do see your (and Brian's) point in that regard, and I appreciate you both taking the time to help me understand it.

        On the other hand, I certainly don't think we should infer any malice on Uri's part. None of the other eight conditions/requirements for being a student are mentioned either, though all nine are plainly stated on the student information page [], to which the announcement directly links.

        You're also correct in assuming that they can't possibly enrol without having the condition

        • I certainly don't think we should infer any malice on Uri's part
          I meant to imply none. Good luck with the "College."