It’s not and I don’t want it to be a secret to anyone that I still haven’t graduated from my university. What’s more – I don’t even feel uncomfortable about this! I actually feel proud and happy in some way that I haven’t and that I spend my time doing real and relevant stuff. However, let me tell you why though, I will dedicate a week of my time(yes, I don’t need more), but I will write my bachelor thesis and finish my university education once and for all…
In Bulgaria(and I am sure not only here) there are companies and organisations that simply said are not realising what world we are living in. What this means(in part) is that in order for you to be able to do business with them, you’ll have to show them your bachelor degree(I am not kidding!). I am writing this post because recently I had the following situation – an IT company requests to be trained on SQL Server, but their requirements for the trainer is for him/her to posses the certificates for the respective technology and a bachelor degree. These are stupid requirements, I replied and I did not say that because I was not meeting them and I was not going to be able to deliver the training(I was already quite busy with speaking engagements in 2 different countries). Since when is not the experience of the trainer taking in mind? Since when a certificate or any other document(especially a university diploma) a guarantee that the trainer knows the material and what’s more – knows how to teach it? Obviously it’s for a long time and probably that’s why we have “certified trainers” that are teaching companies, but have never ever worked and been in a production environment(imagine that)!?
All that made me ask myself whether or not I should really spend a week from my time and write my bachelor thesis and the answer is “yes”. Let me clarify though – I don’t care and I also don’t believe that completing my education will change anything for me personally. However, I am always very practical. My situation really reminds me the one with the book industry – many people ask why there are people that continue to write books when we all live in the “digital era”, but the answer is very simple – because there are people that are buying them! For me this diploma thing is the same – it’s just business. If they ask for it, I will give it to them and if spending one week time is the prize to win more customers and train more people – be my guest. 🙂
At the end, I have a quick tip for you, companies – if you are searching for a really(I mean really, really!) good trainer you should never ever ask for neither certificates (except if it is not the MCM/MCSM which already does not exist and is guarantee only for the technical part of a training) nor for any type of university degree. The fact that someone does not posses one or both of those does not mean that he/she will not deliver 10x the training that the guy with the bachelor degree and a whole bunch of Microsoft certifications will. It just doesn’t. The world is changing and is changing fast and if you still think those documents can be used as a proof that someone is capable to train you or your team – I feel sorry for you. I really do.