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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Where is your diploma ?

Even if you dropped out from university, this post may be for you !

I don't know about you and uses in your country but as far as I'm concerned, I was asked only once in my life to provide a copy of my University degree. It was 10 years ago when I was hired by Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). In 15 years of professional life, none of my other employers ever asked me for providing evidence of the statement written under the Education section of my CV ! (OK, I have had only 3 other employers. And one of them was a drop out who considers any degree as a negative point anyway. I got the job because I could explain him what an interrupt was and what were the registers of the Z-80. I was lucky my fist computer had been a TRS-80 Model 1. But I'm digressing...).

Until a few weeks ago when I started the paperwork to become a legally self-employed individual. I went to see an accountant/tax expert who could also do this paperwork for me. And he sent me a list of info I had to provide. It was all OK up to item #3 : "A copy of your university or college diploma".

Ouch ! That one scared me ! As I told you, last time I needed to show this paper was 10 years and 8 months ago ! Do you want to know how many times I moved since then ? Do you want to know how much paper and other useless stuff accumulated in my cupboards, shelves, attic and garage ? Hell no, you don't want to know ! So how do you want me to remember where the damn paper is ?

Serge, don't you have a file with all your important papers ?

Sure, I do have one. I even have several ones. Do you want the bill of that small IKEA shelf behind me, purchased circa 1990 ? I'm sure I can find it in less than 5 minutes. But my diploma is another story: it doesn't have a standard size hence won't fit in any file :-( . IIRC, i kept it in a cardboard roll so that it does not get folded. Typically the kind of object that can't be stored easily.

Now that I'm self employed, who would ask me for an evidence of my degree ? Answer: The government !

Half an hour and several kilos of dust later, here it was, lying among old boxes in the bottom of the attic. Pfeeeww...

Oh, by the way, maybe I should store it in a safe place for the next time I need it, some time around 2025...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Kudos to Eric Sink

Eric is the only guy I know in our industry who writes more about his errors than about his successes.

In his latest article, he even gives a special mention to one of his competitors (and he doesn't even recall us that his company is also an actor of that market).

Hats off, Eric !

Monday, July 04, 2005

Great logo for great name

I just came accross this site. I don't know what it's worth. But I love their logo and the way it outlines the site name ! :-)