Hi Ronald I suppose I was for a time at the other end to you. I worked for a large UK computer company started as an engineer and went on to management.
Each year I would take on 6 Industrial Trainees for a well paid 12 months who were doing Computer Science courses and introduce them to "The Man/Machine Interface".
I did this for 3 or 4 years and met some lovely young people. Many similar in age to my own children. This was in addition to my P.M. work.
The interesting part was, I was sent the CV's and I knew about massaging such documents, we were past masters at it ourselves!
I was working on a large secure site, a government contract etc. So I had a long corridor to walk along to get to security.
The return trip with the applicant, which took a long 5 minutes was the interview as far as I was concerned! The sit down bit was just to see what else might surface.
My main question was what did you do in the holidays? Quite often got to the real person then.
The ones I took on, I made sure enjoyed their time with us and had several different areas to cover.
I soon realised they loved competition and I only did the real thing. Typically was giving them an idea on how to sell. A lot of our own company buildings had units using in house computer equipment and no contracts for repair!!! Why should Customer Services pay while they had a budget to cover this.
They all had a go at visiting and selling contracts, after all it was a safe environment, and after a few weeks I would total up the value of the contracts and announce the winner. The rest were all "Runners up".
On another occasion I worked with one of the Industrial trainees and we set up the internal help desk for the Automobile Association, where they handled all their IT faults and passed H/W on to our company.
I insisted that the unit we were instructing knew how it all worked and first we did it manually with old fashioned T cards. Should the computer go down they could switch straight to T cards and no one would be any the wiser.
When they were happy we installed the PC and S/W. The system was still running 10 years later, even I was surprised
Loved it, and felt privileged to be have been involved and it was nice when several came back to see me after they had graduated.
Nice memories thanks.