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By Tonatiuh (Fri May 15, 2009 at 11:47:26 AM EST) (all tags)
- Enough study.

- Job hunting.

- Weekend diversions.

- Must go to Lebanon


- Enough study.

I literally hid in my house, bunker like, for a week, in order to study for an exam. I may have worked forever doing what I do, to the highest of standards, but still if I apply for a job slightly outside the industries where I have worked, there is always  a nutjob that asks "and what does $BIG_COMPANY_1 do", or "where is $BIG_COMPANY_2 based?".

Do recruiters, HR types and similar inclined types actually read the news? If they did they would realize that one can't be a two bit specialist to be working with those companies. Oh well.

So I decided to invest a couple of hundred quid to get some certification under my belt.

I guess study is too specious a word. I set up an environment in a virtual machine to play with in order to refresh my memory (I haven't touched something remotely professionally related for more than a year), but did not follow any book or guide. I just passed the first part of my certification exam... Oh well.

Second part is in two weeks, and maybe that may buy me a trip to Madrid...

- Job hunting.

If I was a hunter, all the animals would be coming shyly close to where I am having a cup of tea while sitting comfortably under the shadow of a copious tree,  I would aim half heartedly at the beasts which would be mostly unharmed.

But in June, if nothing happens before then, I will out out in the jungle, well armed, crew in tow, with the firm intention to hunt a big elephant, with my bare hands if required.

Which is to say I am not really looking, nevertheless stuff keeps coming my way:

Applied with $BIG_FAMOUS_INTERNET _COMPANY, I got a reply and a request to get in touch for a first interview, but unfortunately the job is based outside dear UKia (hint to companies: if the job is not based in old Londinium please say so!). So most likely that is a no, a real shame, because it seems like a place worth working in.

Applied also with $LONDON_BASED_EVIL_GAMING_COMPANY , more in hope than expectation, their requirements were so vague that I decided to give it a go. I am sure salary would be rubbish, but would be a welcome change of landscape.

I also applied for a short gig training people in Madrid, but found to my surprise that all my expertise counts for nothing unless I have a very specific certification. The company providing the training has been losing money and clients like there is no tomorrow and recently were very publicly humbled. No wonder. Those chaps in Madrid could have done a few phone calls to ask their pals in other places about me. Ces't la vie.

- Weekend diversions.

I'll be doing a photography workshop, I have to get my camera more often out of its bag (which reminds me that it needs charging .... charging now), will be shooting in the streets of central London, I hope the weather holds a bit.

Later on I will go to see an opera, Peter Grimes, which is absolutely fantastic. Benjamin Britten is growing in my estimation, the more I hear his stuff the more I like it. 

Would like to watch a movie on Sunday, most likely would be the Star Trek one, Sundays I normally put aside for lightweight  stuff and this one seems to fit the bill.

- In honour of Lebanon.

As long as Lebanon can keep producing this, we know common sense has not been lost (persevere with it, the beginning is a bit dull but it is really worth it). Bring them here please! I will buy first row tickets....

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not really looking, by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri May 15, 2009 at 12:09:07 PM EST
Me too. Not looking at all, in fact. But in the last month I've been getting a call or two a day from headhunters.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Market may be picking up.... by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon May 18, 2009 at 02:09:28 PM EST
All those young inexperienced Indians can't replace people more skilled and with more expertise .... (don't get me wrong, they are clever people, but the managers in many companies are literally throwing them to the sharks, that way the ruling people get a fat bonus for all the "savings" they make, later  moving on to another company to do the same damn thing).




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exceedingly minor nitpick by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat May 16, 2009 at 07:53:04 PM EST
c'est la vie

The most embarrasing thing .... by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon May 18, 2009 at 02:12:52 PM EST
... is that I studied French for six years while in primary and secondary school. You can tell I haven't had too many chances to practice it ....


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