Sep 5, 2016

Putting your qualifications in your name on Linkedin - yay or nay?

If you are on Linkedin, you've probably seen it too: people who include their qualifications in their name on Linkedin. I recently got the request from someone who had his undergraduate degree and another professional certificate after his name. This was not the first time I got such a request. I actually often get requests from people who put their qualifications just after their name but it was usually for MBA's and PhD's. The inclusion of an undergraduate degree and the certificate got me thinking about this trend.

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How do I put my qualification in my name on Linkedin?
It's actually not that difficult. If you want to jump on the wagon and start toting your qualifications in your name, you simply edit your name and put whatever you want behind it. Linkedin has absolutely no restrictions there, as long as you are not putting in any offensive words.

So should I do it or not?
It ultimately depends. Most Linkedin users are using it to showcase their qualifications and experience, and it's pretty much the only place where you can do it without looking like a major dick since people want to know what sort of degree you have. However, doing it for only a B.Sc. can come off as annoying and retarded as pretty much everybody on LinkedIn will have at least a B.Sc. In my opinion, have your qualification in your name is fine as long as you restrict it to MBA-level and above. It also depends on what kind of career you are pursuing. There's not much point in adding it if you are an entrepreneur and have absolutely no intention of becoming an employee again.

For a B.Sc., putting it in your name may come across as an attention-seeking individual who is probably more focused on titles than actually learning and being an asset to an organization. In fact, consider that this may actually adversely affect your chances of getting that job you are really interested in. You may end up dealing with a recruiter who thinks putting your degree in your name is a cry for attention. And this may cause the recruiter to think you are not  a team player as your profile is basically screaming "Me! Me! Me!"

In conclusion, for only a B.Sc., it's something you should approach cautiously. However, if you have a qualification that is impression or quite rare, then putting your qualifications in your Linkedin name does work. In those latter cases, it is actually recommended to do so as it will allow recruiters to find your profile faster through a Linkedin search.

Aug 19, 2016

Has George R.R. Martin written himself into a cul-de-sac?

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for the TV series and the book. Click back, delete your browser history and toss the device you used to access this post in a fire if you don't want either spoiled for you.

Fire and Fire
 Yes, he has. So if you want spoilers, you have to buy the books. Trust me, they are completely worth the money and they will keep you busy forever.

Jun 10, 2016

Euro 2016 team analysis by an expert* pundit

*based on the fact that I watch football matches on TV and have a Fantasy Premier League account

This is my in-depth analysis of selected Euro 2016 fixtures, with the opening matche being played today

Euro 2016
France vs Romania

The hosts France are among the favourites to win the tournament as they have a great squad and home advantage. However, it's not just up to this. Consider the fact that France won the Euros two times before, in 1984 and 2000. Based on statistical bullshit and trends lifted straight from my arse, my money's on them to win the 2016 tournament too. I also have Giroud as the tournament's top scorer, which is awesome because everybody knows he's shit and I'm not even sure if he actually starts for France.

I know absolutely nothing about Romania, which leads to my prediction that France will win 3-0.

May 19, 2016

Tottenham Hostpur 2015/2016 season review

The Barclays Premier League season ended yesterday and was very notable for three things:
  1. Leicester defying all odds (well, odds of 5,000/1 actually) and winning the league
  2. Aston Villa having the shittiest performance ever seen in the league and deservedly going down, hopefully never to be seen again
  3. Tottenham Hotspur being Spurs and handing the runners-up place to Arsenal on of the last day of the season
Obviously, yesterday's match against Newcastle was a horrible way to end the season but the overall performance through the entire season is still excellent. Most fans would never have dreamt of a top four finish this year, especially given the focus on the stadium and the fact that the squad is the youngest in the league. The fact that the team performed beyond expectations and played such thrilling football (most of the time) speaks volumes about the work accomplished by Pochettino since he joined Tottenham.

The counter-argument is that the team has performed horribly over the last four matches but that should not detract from the amazing results the teams got throughout the season and the fact that Harry Kane ended up as top goalscorer when he could not find the net in his first matches. There are many positives to take from this season and some negatives.

The positives 
  • The third position - yes, the drop from 2 to 3 was a huge blow but third position and automatic champions league qualification should not be scoffed at
  • The football - best goal difference, some absurdly brilliant football at times, there's a lot to like here
  • Outstanding performances from Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele, Harry Kane and to a lesser extend Kevin Wimmer who was perfect when called upon
  • The team spirit - something which seemed to be lacking under previous managers but which fans can feel now
The negatives
  • Alli's and Dembele's red cards - they effectively ended Spurs' title charge which means Pochettino must find adequate players to cover them when they cannot play
  • No plan B - Pochettino is very good at coming up with plan A but still seems unable to tweak his tactics if the plan does not work
  • Jaded squad by the end of the season - new players are a must especially given Champions League football in the upcoming season.
One thing that baffled me during the last matches was fans constantly criticizing Mason when Spurs did not win. This is crazy because Mason was never deployed in his favorite position and this is why he could not perform as well as one might expect. In fact, Pochettino should be the one to blame here for not trying to buy players that could provide adequate cover in areas where the squad is still lacking such as centre forward and defensive midfield (although Bentaleb's injuries must have been a big blow). Hopefully, the automatic Champions League qualification will enable Spurs to buy the players they need to compete properly in Europe and in the domestic competitions.

Apr 28, 2016

The level of punditry on Radio Plus' Coup de Boule is amazing

amazingly shit. I almost ran out of characters in the post title, which is why the title does not correspond to the post content. Or you could call it clickbait.

Coup de Boule is a program by Radio Plus each Saturday evening where a couple of "pundits" talk about football. The show primarily revolves around the Barclays Premier League (BPL), which is the most popular league in Mauritius, but also covers all the major leagues in Europe. I am using the terms pundits very loosely because the guys who behind are the show are among the worst commentators I have heard in football.

Here are a few examples of the amazing feats they regularly accomplish.

Tactics are overrated
They know absolutely nothing about football tactics, formations and all the stuff you should be an expert at to analyze matches and player performances. And here I was, thinking that an understanding of football was a sine qua non requirement for this kind of a program.

A two-team league
If you knew nothing about football and listened to the program, you would think that the BPL consists only of two teams, Manchester United and Liverpool. Every football commentator is of course a fan of a team but when his entire contributions limit to his team's performance, that becomes an issue. From time to time, they do mention other teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea but the programme revolves a lot around Manchester United and Liverpool, which is weird considering their poor performance in the league this season.

Learning about players
One time, while accidentally listening to the programme when they were talking about Tottenham Hotspur, one of the "pundits" reached a new low by being unable to pronounce Dier. Imagine this, you come from Mauritius where you've been learning English since primary school, you call yourself a sports journalist but you cannot even pronouce Eric Dier properly. Even the MOZ guys, who are French and get a lot of names wrong since they have the excuse of not speaking English, have no problem pronouncing his name.

Eric Dier

The whole programme reeks of repetition with the same commentary over and over again. As their expertise is lacking, this shows in the quality of their commentary. I mean, it's tough to come up with an exhaustive analysis of a match like Michael Cox if your only claim to comment about football matches is that you enjoy the sports (protip guys: read Cox's reports on his website to understand how it's done).