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Apparently, eating raw chicken can bring you luck in life.
No, really. My mothers' cousin once (sometimes in the 60ties) had this girlfriend and she invited him to meet her parents. So he came to their house and she cooked him a chicken. As a real gentlemen he ate it all, and complimented the food and the cook. They had a great time that evening. And only after he left, her parents told her that the chicken was raw.
Now...that's true love. So they got married, and raised four beautiful children. Today, two of them are doctors, and two are math professors. The pair stayed together until he died, a few years ago.
So when you see a chicken, don't hesitate. Who knows, perhaps YOU too are just a raw chicken away from happiness.
I'm wondering if your employer is stimulating employees to stay up-to-date with current technologies.
My previous employer would pay up to €500,- for courses, training, etc., but never required you to do anything.
No one out of about 30 employees even spend €1,- from that €500,-.
When I told my employer it may be a good idea to do a regular mailing on courses or training that were interesting for us, a project, or the company as a whole I got the reaction "you may think that, but you get €500,- and we think that's enough." (while it clearly isn't if no one is spending it).
Knowledge sharing was so bad that an Oracle team blew a SQL Server job while I, the only SQL Server certified person in the company, wasn't even aware!
At my current company everything is paid for and we have regular meetings on what the company is focusing on.
I'm currently participating in an Azure certification group, I just got invited to a group interested in front-end development, and this week we'll be having another presentation on some technology or another (last month it was Machine Learning, the co-worker who presented got an Azure subscription from the company right away to continue his study).
Other presentations I've attended were about .NET Core, Azure, Docker, and Blockchain.
Too bad it's all in my free time (it's also not mandatory, mind you).
The contrast with my previous employer couldn't be bigger.
I prefer my current employer, the difference in skill, knowledge, and mentality is huge.
How is training and knowledge sharing handled in your company and what's good/bad about it?
I think somewhere in the mists of time, I've heard that word you used - what was it again? - ah, yes, "training" - now, let me think ... somewhere back there, somewhere ... back in the days of green screens ... there was something - what was it? - so, so long ago - just can't quite put my finger on it ... maybe if I can just remember when Methusaleh had his 21st birthday bash, it was around the same time as that, I'm sure ... no, it's gone ...
If i ask for a training, they say plan it in your budget, so the only "training" available for me is to visit ONE conference of SW Dev fanatics a year.
Whenever i see a Websession or short trainings and ask for the permission it's like this:
Boss: "Is it in budget?"
Me: "No, just heard of it"
Me: "But it's only 100€"
Boss: "No, make a budget for that for next FY." (You have to state for what exactly you budget and also add the price for it)
So i'd say i got the worst... if i wouldn't try keep up by myself i'd probably be outdated tomorrow.
Ouch... The question should be the other way around "why haven't you followed any web sessions lately!?"
It's in your employer's own interest (as well as yours).
Unfortunately, all management sees is money spent, but never what it gains them
and this folks is the number one reason why I.T and software dev departments get the sh*t they do.
Beacuse we are always seen as a cost to the business and never part of the profit generation cycle.
It's also always why the flyby night lying toerag B******d sales folk get away with telling people that wetting their pants why installing undercracker 4000 deluxe edition onto a new mainframe made from the finest hair of a vestal virgin (and all for the bargain price of $400000000000) will bring their company all the best fortune it deserves, and get massive bonuses for doing so.... because they are always seen as profit generation.
I have worked at companies like this and it is great. Unfortunately, the pay was sh*t.
Was your education in your boss's time?
My current employer "hires only seniors" and seniors should keep up with technology (in their spare time, mostly).
As such, pay is pretty good, but you spent quite some time travelling and studying.
It makes no sense to ask people to keep up and not pay them for it...
Where I work now has budget for training but management never authorizes spending from it. When asked about how we are supposed to stay up to date on new technologies they reply that we should do it on our own time.
I like to assume that each year, upper management uses the entire training budget to go to a conference where they "network".
Wanna learn something quick? Get asked to deliver a project with technologies you've never used before, within a fixed amount of time (that you'd barely think reasonable if it was done with what you do know).
Doesn't really work like that.
Mostly, people just make A LOT of mistakes like that and somewhere way down the line you find out that the application must be fixed from the bottom up.
I've joined teams that had been using Entity Framework for years, but still weren't aware of lazy loading and the existence of expression trees (or why ToList() can be detrimental for performance).