A friend of mine said, “I’ve visited your websites, viewed your articles, and took a look at your background.” It’s apparent to me; you do not have a background in Information Technology (Computer Science) or Business Intelligence as a field of study acknowledging Computer Science. Does one have to have a background in IT or BI to qualify as a professional in the industry, or does it take a simple interest?


AutoCAD, C Language, Visual Basic, PowerPoint, JavaScript, Excel, Access, Cobol, Word (Microsoft Suite), Data Entry/Processing, DOS, Fortran, Lotus Notes, Management Information Systems, HTML, and Management cover a broad spectrum within the beginning or preparation in the world of IT / BI. The eclectic value of the specialization in one or more of this study group is the mastery and/or understanding of all.

About a week ago, I was contacted, recruited, and enrolled in a four-year college program. The recruiter was adept at what she was doing, and I went along with the schedule as presented. I continually asked, “How am I going to pay for these college courses?”

When the prepared documentation was submitted for the finalization process, it came down to dollars and cents. The financial aid person finally contacted me, assuming that I was a prime candidate for the ‘Stafford Loan!’ This is a general education loan designed for students to enroll in a given college. I explained to the administrator that I am without money, have no wish to establish a loan (for anything),

unemployed, and not to mention…my age is also a factor. With the ability to complete the required studies, I would be done in less than a year. I have three years of accredited college courses with an Associate Degree. I estimated that I would be paying off a student loan for more than a few years if I landed a job. I will soon be sixty years of age. Burdened with an educational loan that would probably be on my plate well after

I’m sixty-five, I asked the recruiter and financial aid worker, “Do you really believe that I would take out a loan for an extravagant amount of money in the hopes that I would get hired…at my age?” Even if I were to start up a new business, a loan would be a bit risky…improbable. It would have been a good thing if

I was able to get back into the classroom. Whatever happened to the H1-B Program, The NAFTA Treaty, or the “Financial Hardship” Claus with the “Obama Letter” and/or ex-workers that are forced into the utilization/awarding of UC Benefits?