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US Berder Patrol
Jul 11, 2006

I joined the Navy and all I got was this hideous paunch.


M_Gargantua posted:

My undergraduate advisor sat me down and asked me to join his research team since they're spinning up a group specifically for underwater research. Four year PhD program, paid tuition.

"Ahh and it comes with a nice paid stipend of $24,000 a year!"

My rent living here is $1300/mo, so I noped right out of that.

The trick is to think about it against a regular hourly wage job. Since academics basically never actually have time off because you have to read and write and pull your hair out in front of spreadsheets or walls of code even when you're in your lovely little apartment, it would really work out to like $6 or $7 hourly

Pretty good deal, if you think about it!

...no, not for you, obviously

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lightpole
Jun 4, 2004


Nick Soapdish posted:

I plan to apply for a Social Work PhD program in a couple years once I have my LCSW. My ultimate plan is since my husband is already a tenure-track academic that we both can be 9-month employees eventually and gently caress off during the summer just travel and do research

According to the grad students thread, this is a terrible plan unless you want to live together while working 9 hours apart. And even then its questionable.

US Berder Patrol posted:

The trick is to think about it against a regular hourly wage job. Since academics basically never actually have time off because you have to read and write and pull your hair out in front of spreadsheets or walls of code even when you're in your lovely little apartment, it would really work out to like $6 or $7 hourly

Pretty good deal, if you think about it!

...no, not for you, obviously

If you have a technical background, most industrial adjunct positions pay well. One of the guys in my program turned right around to work as an adjunct in the IME department fooling around teaching CnC and poo poo. Hes making 90k living the dream, 20 hour work week, all his work is farmed out to grad students, another 20 hours spent advising part time just because he works even less there then he does at the school.

lightpole fucked around with this message at 22:32 on May 1, 2020

SquirrelyPSU
May 27, 2003

UH OH GEORGE, LOOKS LIKE I'M A BIG DUMBASS!!!

ASK ME ABOUT COMING IN DEAD LAST IN THE GIP 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!!

I LITERALLY CAME IN BEHIND SOMEBODY THAT DIDN'T UPDATE THEIR ROSTER ONCE!!!!

YOOOOOGE!!!!


Cojawfee posted:

I'm pretty sure you're supposed to be paid to get a PhD anyway.

Yeah, but I'm talking above and beyond. Rolexes and Teslas and private planes and the like.

"Hey, can you go get a PhD? You'll be a millionaire the second you graduate"

This is not a thing that will happen, which is why I am pretty sure I will never enter a PhD program.

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

Yeah, I'd be worried about immediately qualifying myself out of potential jobs.

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

427 TOTALLY LEGITIMATE, DEFENSIBLE NATIONAL TITLES AND COUNTING


Vasudus posted:

I have my MS, my PMP, and my LSSBB. I'm done with collecting acronyms.

PMP worth it in non-construction/engineering fields? Guy that was on my team throughout the MBA course is an ad exec up in Birmingham and he's been wanting to get it since we took Project Management in the first semester.

Vasudus
May 30, 2003


GD_American posted:

PMP worth it in non-construction/engineering fields? Guy that was on my team throughout the MBA course is an ad exec up in Birmingham and he's been wanting to get it since we took Project Management in the first semester.

So the PMP doesn't really teach you proper project management skills. It teaches you the PMI (Project Management Institute, the certifier) way of doing things, which is hilariously disconnected from reality. But the point of the PMP isn't really to teach you project management, it's to show everyone you have a PMP. It's a gatekeeper certification in a lot of industries, especially anything involving contracts or a situation where HR is the one writing a job requisition. I got mine specifically because almost every position above analyst in my field has it written into the contracts that you must have it.

It's the same with the LSSBB. I went and got it because an RFI had come out for a contract I really wanted. I was bid key in the response. The client determined they wanted to do a full RFP, and when that dropped the position I was bid for had the credentials changed to include LSSBB. I didn't have it, so I was taken out of the RFP for that position and a much weaker candidate that had it was put in. We didn't win the contract; and while there was more at play than just that credential swap it certainly didn't help. So I went and got it (from a place that doesn't have an expiration) so I'll never be in that situation again. I've had it for well over a year at this point and have yet to use a single goddamn thing about it.

If you can get someone else to shell out the ~5k (each) for the certifications, I would say gently caress it, why not. But I absolutely would not pay for it myself.

GD_American
Jul 21, 2004

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Cool; I doubt his employer would pay but there's always the chance.

(I was silent about the Six Sigma poo poo because I thought it'd be rude to make fun of you for it, and now I feel better.)

All that reminds me of our shipyard going ISO 9000 because oh my god they had to have it it'll change the game we need it now now now and then everyone busted their rear end and they got the cert and then it didn't get them a single extra dime in business

Cenen
Apr 7, 2011


Finals week for me but itís not to bad since most of the tests are open to be taken at any point during an assigned day and chem opened this morning until Friday afternoon. Only one synchronous test but itís not too bad and he greatly improved his notes after a failed experiment on the second test in Human Aging. Finishing this semester is great because Iíll be a senior and pretty much have all of my major requirements done and thatís before summer I semester where I can start on my second minor. The only downside is the insane looming sense of having to actually prepare for the real world is coming up but at least I will have a bachelors degree and disabled veterans preference for what thatís worth. Worst case scenario I still have my CRT which has been getting me crazy job offers in New York right now but yeah...

SquirrelyPSU
May 27, 2003

UH OH GEORGE, LOOKS LIKE I'M A BIG DUMBASS!!!

ASK ME ABOUT COMING IN DEAD LAST IN THE GIP 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!!

I LITERALLY CAME IN BEHIND SOMEBODY THAT DIDN'T UPDATE THEIR ROSTER ONCE!!!!

YOOOOOGE!!!!


I never even knew what PMP was until my last job where I was working in and around IT. There, it was the Mendoza Line between the cool kids and not. I think I've seen maybe one or two random people on LinkedIn in my industry that have it, and I think they both worked for Top 5 AEC firms. I know of only one company that advertises they are ISO-9000 compliant, and I don't know if its gotten them more business with the state, but I wouldn't be surprised if it tilted a ranking or two in their favor.

Project Management in civil engineering is basically just time-in-rank. You stick around for 20 years and *voila* there you are. Or else, you split off and start your own company once you hit the ceiling.

Internet Wizard
Aug 9, 2009

BANDAIDS DON'T FIX BULLET HOLES


My finals week for some reason began on Friday and included finals on Saturday so I'm already halfway through my week on Sunday because life is hell and nothing makes sense anymore

rifles
Oct 8, 2007
is this thing working

I have a computing ethics class that has two assignments at the end that are worth well over 60% of the grade. Rather than extending deadlines out like everyone else, the professor decided to continue holding the presentation assignment on specific due dates for all of us (about 4 people to "present" every day) which was a necessity of the assignment in person. This somehow still made sense to him even though everyone was just posting them on our discussion board and they were open to reply to whenever we wanted.

So naturally I didn't see the .pdf of the new dates uploaded, and instead went off what the online calendar said for all my classes which had a presentation due-date a week after my actual presentation was due. I submitted it 5 days late, emailed the professor, received nothing back, and then did the final persuasive paper and submitted it, and still have no grades back. Sitting at an A or an E for an easy major requirement class, who knows!

EBB
Feb 15, 2005

What, Me Worry?


tim cook gave kind of a nothing speech and quoted lincoln in front of a bunch of relevant props in his office for graduation today, he made sure to wear his fancy watch and stroke off the ghost of steve jobs a bit

president drake followed and read a two line poem and gave some original thoughtful words, killing, skinning, and eating the bullshit from tim by actually moving me to emotion

Internet Wizard
Aug 9, 2009

BANDAIDS DON'T FIX BULLET HOLES


Hot dang I get to go straight from finals week to Maymester.

Here comes an entire physical anthropology course in 3 hours toot toot

Are there any other DLI grads here that get immediate anxiety flashbacks any time an instructor says phrases like "drinking from a fire hose"?

maffew buildings
Apr 29, 2009

I'm too dumb to get probated


Phys. Anthro is pretty mellow, you don't get in to any of the crazy stuff until upper division biological anthro. That gets out of control fast.

Internet Wizard
Aug 9, 2009

BANDAIDS DON'T FIX BULLET HOLES


I'm also enrolled in a 4000 level evolutionary phys anthro class later this summer. I was hoping to take the phys anthro elective about dogs instead but it wasn't an option. Maybe this fall. Trying to save as much elective space for cultural anthro classes as possible though.

hypnophant
Oct 19, 2012


DLI grad, but none of my professors have said anything like that (yet). Frankly, the dli experience has maybe made me a little too casual about classwork I donít have to spend eight hours a day on.

Cenen
Apr 7, 2011


I passed chemistry and am officially a senior. Took a good sized dose and chilled hella hard last night and plan on either drinking or dosing again and watching the first UFC fight since sports got suspended.

Booger Presley
Aug 6, 2008



Pillbug

I am definitely a better student thanks to DLI, but when a professor uses the fire hose analogy, i just smile. Nothing will ever suck as much as getting kicked in the balls all day, every day, for 63 weeks.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS! NOTHING CAN EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!




It's about goddamn time

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

Noice

Nick Soapdish
Apr 27, 2008



Congrats!

Booger Presley
Aug 6, 2008



Pillbug

Well done!

SquirrelyPSU
May 27, 2003

UH OH GEORGE, LOOKS LIKE I'M A BIG DUMBASS!!!

ASK ME ABOUT COMING IN DEAD LAST IN THE GIP 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!!

I LITERALLY CAME IN BEHIND SOMEBODY THAT DIDN'T UPDATE THEIR ROSTER ONCE!!!!

YOOOOOGE!!!!


Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Grats!

Nice of them to spring for the postage and confetti.

BigDave
Jul 14, 2009

THERE WILL BE REPERCUSSIONS! NOTHING CAN EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!


SquirrelyPSU posted:

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

Nice of them to spring for the postage and confetti.

I payed for the postage, they took our commencement fee and used it to make the boxes.

Still glad to have it.

Flying_Crab
Apr 12, 2002



congrats!

Time Crisis Actor
Apr 28, 2002


I sexually identify as a fat tinder girl,

Yeah lemme just clean my pannus first.

These candles smell amazing btw


Nice dude. Congratulations.


Maybe I should get around to ordering my diploma at some point

McNally
Sep 12, 2007

Ask me about Proposition 305


I stopped complaining about the graduation fee I had to pay when I filed my graduation application after they gave my my diploma at commencement.

SquirrelyPSU
May 27, 2003

UH OH GEORGE, LOOKS LIKE I'M A BIG DUMBASS!!!

ASK ME ABOUT COMING IN DEAD LAST IN THE GIP 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!!

I LITERALLY CAME IN BEHIND SOMEBODY THAT DIDN'T UPDATE THEIR ROSTER ONCE!!!!

YOOOOOGE!!!!


McNally posted:

I stopped complaining about the graduation fee I had to pay when I filed my graduation application after they gave my my diploma at commencement.

This is probably going to decide if I walk for commencement. I skipped the one for undergrad because I started work the following Monday, took like a month to get it in the mail.

Eason the Fifth
Apr 9, 2020


BigDave posted:

It's about goddamn time

Congratulations man, that's huge

xdirtypinkox
Aug 12, 2004

And it gets easier as I pass the Edward Scissorhands village where privileged white kids date rape girls and taunt me in their SUV's.


Have anyone else's schools changed when they submit enrollment paperwork to the VA? I used to get it submitted after the first week of class since the end of the week was the drop/add period. Lately my school has been holding onto enrollments till halfway through the semester (four weeks in my case). I wouldn't mind but there's already a delay of about 10 days from one semester to the next it's like I'm only getting one full check of BAH for two months.

Cojawfee
May 31, 2006
I think the US is dumb for not using Celsius

Unless they are screwing up and not reporting when classes start and end, you should get the full amount of money regardless of how long it takes for them to actually submit your enrollment.

xdirtypinkox
Aug 12, 2004

And it gets easier as I pass the Edward Scissorhands village where privileged white kids date rape girls and taunt me in their SUV's.


I mean they already set it up to pay in arrears so the hold period seems unnecessary to me, and right I eventually get everything owed to me (I think). It just seems arbitrary to wait as the school is paid with the same form is there any advantage on their end to waiting? The only thing I can think of is they want to make sure people don't just stop attending so they don't have to follow up with the VA? Not sure how many people drop classes after the first week but maybe that's it.

edit: Just took a look at my eBenefits compensation page it looks like accounting for the break between classes causes 2 smaller payments to be sent out instead of a full check which makes sense. I get where they're coming from since your only paid for the time your actively attending school. I'm a loving moron. Carry on.

xdirtypinkox fucked around with this message at 20:36 on May 24, 2020

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Meshka
Nov 27, 2016


xdirtypinkox posted:

Have anyone else's schools changed when they submit enrollment paperwork to the VA? I used to get it submitted after the first week of class since the end of the week was the drop/add period. Lately my school has been holding onto enrollments till halfway through the semester (four weeks in my case). I wouldn't mind but there's already a delay of about 10 days from one semester to the next it's like I'm only getting one full check of BAH for two months.

My school submits the initial semester certification when I register for classes, but I attend a large(ish) university, satellite campus with not too many people and our VA cert is very good. Another certification is sent after the drop/add period to confirm that you are still taking classes. It shouldn't matter to students because you get BAH based on dates on the certification and not when it was submitted.

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