- More Spanish... for real... for really really real. I need to be able to communicate or else these trips are going to become a lot less fun and more stress. The goal is B1 by the end of the year.
- More project management stuff - I'll be starting a course at the university in March. It's more traditional project management, but I figure that can't hurt either — seeing as how I only have like a 5 day training workshop to my name thus far.
- Coding - I don't know exactly what coding language I want to learn as yet or how I want to learn it. I just know I want to learn at least one.
- PSM II - I'd like to have the PSM II test in my sights by the end of the year. I think this is contingent on my progress in applying my existing scrum skills professionally (easier) as well as connecting and networking with scrum masters and agile coaches outside of work (tougher).
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
Anyway, I put up my list of 10 things I hate and, as promised, here's the list of 10 things that I love...
Thursday, December 29, 2016
except the whole Spanish thing. I never said anything about a Spanish Spaniard from Spain
...but here we are.
It's my third trip to Málaga, Spain in the past two years and, of course, I find myself now completely qualified to share my subjective opinion about a city (that will probably bleed over into my subjective opinion of the entire country). I'll start with the "negatives", which are admittedly a lot more difficult, because my trips have been overwhelmingly awesome.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
In contrast to registering for the citizenship test, taking the test is pretty straightforward.
I arrived at my assigned testing center 20-ish minutes before the prescribed start. And, because this is professional level Ausländershit, I was not the first to arrive. There were at least 15 bureaucratically-seasoned test takers already there. Respect. We all knew what was up.
Like I mentioned previously, there's a pool of 300 questions + Bundesland (state) specific questions. But I'm going into this with some 20+ years of learning German history and culture. Go to the iTunes store or Google play and get a free/well-rated app. Do all the questions at least once or twice (more if you find it difficult) and then just do practice tests until you feel "comfortable enough".
For me, comfortable enough meant that regardless of the constellation of questions, I could answer 20 with 100% confidence (you need 13 correct to pass). I don't think I ever got 33 correct, but I consistently got 28 - 30 correct.
Mind you, I almost exclusively just did practice tests and only did the whole 300 question pool twice.
The test proctor was very nice and experieced. She explained the procedure for marking questions and how to make corrections very clearly. She also gave everyone some great advice before beginning, namely: If you're not sure... then guess. Wrong answers don't result in points off and there's a 25% chance your answer is right.
I think... at worst I got a 26... but I'm think more along the lines of 28-29. It falls in my testing range and it's over 13. I'll update in 3-6 weeks when I get the results.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Sunday, November 06, 2016
- The naturalization application
- A declaration of any past/present political affiliations and memberships