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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Just curious - I am also looking for a Perl teaching job.
    • I'm sure Paul won't mind if I answer for him. In his case, he wanted a job teaching Perl and yet there was not only a lack of jobs he could apply for to do such, but a lack of local companies teaching Perl altogether. Thus Paul started up Perl Training Australia []. Once I came on board and actually organised courses (he was too busy being a fire-fighting sys-admin for a wide range of clients) he got to achieve his goal of teaching Perl. We gave up most of the sys-admin some years ago and now do almost 100% training. We even get the occasional international course.

      I guess this leaves you with two options. Start your own training business (useful if one doesn't exist) or become friends with your closest local one and see if they want to expand to include you. In either case it would help you immensely if you were a regular speaker at your local Perl Mongers group, at all of your local conferences, and at as many other related groups on your travels. This will make you a better speaker, and (importantly) help demonstrate, to those who might hire you, your awesome speaking skills. It's also very good advertising for the business you end up working for. :)

      • Just after posting that comment I noticed the stuff in the top right corner and I felt stupid. But yeah - thanks for the advice. We have started a local PM group just last year but it seems that there are not many companies using Perl here anymore. My last hope is that Modern Perl will gather some new popularity.
        • Modern Perl might help, but so far as I'm aware, the thing that makes the biggest difference is perceived support for Perl. So the use of Perl in Australia appears to be growing. I imagine some of this is that we've proved to be sticking around, and that's great.

          Regarding user groups, it seems much harder to get people to turn up on a regular basis than it used to be. I suspect the boom in online forums and the like has had an effect here, and that people don't know or have forgotten about how valuabl