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Professional Development Activities

Most of my basic foundational knowledge of information systems were attained while I attended Watterson College.  After graduating

from Watterson College in 1986 with an Associates Degree in Science - Programming, I began an in-depth study of IBM personal

computers, disk operating systems, and personal computer dos compatible software, hardware and peripherals.  I soon discovered

that I needed a higher educational degree.  Not because I needed the information gained from a so called “formal education”

with the title, “Bachelors Degree in Computer Science”, but because most businesses in my geographic locality with good paying job

postings were requiring it!  So I enrolled at Indiana University South East in pursuit of a BA, even though I new that a very large part of

what I would learn in college would be a waste of time in relation to the knowledge and skills that I needed in my job field (programming  

and computer operations).


Later in life I would find that I would only use about 5 to 10 percent of what I had formally been required to learn in college.  And that 5

to 10 percent was all English skills, written and oral, nothing else!


While at Indiana University I began the process of learning abstract computer concepts, circuit theory, logic gates, data sets and

other useless and impractical specifics in computer theory.  After all I wasn’t going to design the next processor or some other pc

circuit component at any point in the near future.  Well I still wasn’t acquiring the information and skill sets that I was looking for,

except for one particular area of study, you guessed right if you said “English”!  After over 2 years study at IUS I was becoming frustrated

and baffled by the amount of useless information that I had to learn and had yet to learn in order to acquire a BA. 

So after a few more useless classes and finally losing my personal battle with the enlightenment of  “Calculus and Its Everyday

Uselessness in the Home and Workplace”,  I decided that I had enough wasting of my time and money.  I quit my studies at IUS!


Now my knowledge & skill sets would progress as a result of research, self-study and specific courses as they related directly and

specifically to knowledge and skill set requirements of my job.  I found this to be a more cost effective, faster and even enjoyable means to

the attainment of the knowledge and skill sets that I needed.


As my career advancement proceeded through the various companies, job titles and salary increases I found an ever increasing number of

companies starting to require certifications.  Now certifications have their place in the job market but they are no substitute for years of

on the job experience, yet companies are increasingly requiring them either in addition to experience or placing the importance of

certifications above experience.  So now I was looking at having to get multiple certifications to show on paper that I could

do a job that I had been doing for years.  Well I just didn’t have the money for all the certifications that most businesses in my

locality wanted me to have.  This somewhat limited my opportunities for career advancement especially since the company that I was now

working for was not going to pay for my certifications or assist me financially with educational reimbursement funds.


Well I still needed to keep up with the technological advancements and the skill sets that they required.   So I began another quest

for more knowledge and improving my skill sets more cheaply and efficiently.  Again the internet came through for me,

I found all the information I was looking for in the form of e-books.  I found volumes and volumes of e-books many of which

contained the very information that I was looking for.  I was in e-book heaven!  And it was all free, complete with reader reviews!  


Needless to say I went on an e-book download frenzy.  I downloaded so many e-books that it would take weeks to read

through them all.  My knowledge and skill sets have progressed at a much faster rate than possible with institutional schooling or

formal certification training.  I now have a huge how to, tried & true, illustrated and free technical reference e-books library to assist me

in whatever I need to do at work or at home.


My professional development activities and methodologies have worked for me and saved or made money for companies that I have

worked for in the past 20 years.  While it is true that I don’t have the certifications to show that I can do the job.  I do have a proven

track record that shows that I can do the job as well as if not better than people who have certifications in the same areas of work that I do.