Introducing Naios

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by naios, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. naios

    naios New Member

    Well, I guess i will take the plunge...I am married and have a young family. In the mid 90's I graduated from a very good 3 yr. Computer Science program at a local college. Here in Montreal, the equivalent would be getting an associate's degree (technical degree), with several of the courses eligible for university level credit. I started in year 1 with 60 people and 7 of us remained for graduation in the last term. The program was tough, but if you survived you were pretty much guaranteed a job if you didn't want to go to university.

    After working for 5 years I decided to go for a Bachelor's degree and was doing ok until I had to halt due to fatherhood. Another 5 years go by and I decided that I was beginning to stagnate at work (I have been with the same company in its various forms for the last 13 years - the last 5 as a technical Lead). Step 1 I decided was to work at getting my PMP certificate (Project Management Professional) by taking Villanova University's Mastering PM as preparation. I start course number 2/3, on Weds. and am excited to get going again.

    The next thing I had in mind was to complete my bachelor's degree, but then it occurred to me that taking courses at that level was pointless with my management and technical experience. I decided that going for a Master's Degree was what I really wanted to accomplish. And I also really didn't want to travel downtown all the time. I was accepted into Liverpool University's Online in the MSc of Information Systems Management and start in September. I am pleased to be in this program as it is a mix of MBA and technical courses that apply to the field (IT) I have dedicated myself to since the age of 14. I am hoping that by getting a PMP and MSc that I will give my career a bit of a kick-start and also look forward to learning a great number of new things.

    I am also an amateur astronomer and own an 8" Newtonian Optical tube assembly that is on a computerized mount. I played very competitive ice hockey growing up, but mainly these days play soccer (or football depending upon where you live). I also really enjoy watching the Premiership, Serie a and La Ligua as well as any quality match that comes on when not working or taking care of family responsibilities.

    I consider myself a bit of a consumer advocate, so am watching with interest the the ongoing discussions/debates/tussles with the diploma-mills. Eventually, once I become a bit more knowledgeable about the field of DL I'll become a bit more involved. Its sad to see some of the stuff that's being sold, and that people will pay for degrees that they haven't earned.
     
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Hi naios - Thanks for your post and your many contributions.
    Who is your favorite team?
     
  3. naios

    naios New Member

    Hi Kizmet. My favorite (though i suffer for it) team is Bolton wanderers. Though, I secretly support Chelseafrom time to time.
     

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