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<>, Aaron
Trevena <> wrote:

> Which is quite cool, but there is more than that - it's hard to pick
> up practical skills at uni because the coursework and any projects of
> your own will be contrived and greenfield, so very 'unreal',

I think Uri tried to solve this with Perl mentors, or something like
that, and Google Summer of Code is similar.

Having taught in universities, I think the problem is that no one
encourages students to look outside the classroom. In the world of open
source, there is plenty of opportunities for students to work on real
projects with real industry people. Nothing in the Perl community cares
who you are or what you do, so being a student doesn't limit anyone's
participation. What we need, if anything, is something that tells
students (and everyone else) how to get involved/
> There are also lots of things that students would be interested in
> that won't interest the rest of us as much - places offering
> placements, graduate fairs, university courses, uni society events,
> field trips, etc that only people with links to local uni's will be
> interested in.

That's the sort of thing I designed Perl Mongers for---directed local

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