Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chemist spam is fascinating: "3 Day MBA"?

"will teach you all you need to know about the stem cells industry." Well, sign me up. (Not.) 

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  1. What's the difference between this and, say, a regular "real" MBA? A scam is a scam, and universities in particular are experts in running one. Perhaps this "jasmina jakimova" should make her marketing a little bit less bland, then maybe she can a piece of the pie, too.

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    1. Will someone hire you with the three-day MBA versus the 18-month kind? If yes, then there's no scam. My assumption is that 1) no one will hire you with one of these "degrees", and 2) even if someone did hire you, you couldn't pass well enough as a degree holder to keep the job (unless it's just resume camouflage, which is fine until someone finds out). In addition, it's hard to make useful network connections in a three-day MBA, unless you're locked in a room with other people, desperately trying to either pass or escape (where "escape" = pass and "not escape" = die = fail).

      What can you learn about managing stem cell research in three days? If it's "how to make a PowerPoint presentation to investors that will make funding flow from their wallets like water", then maybe it's worth it, anyway.

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  2. Um... You have misread the posting. The MBA describes the person taking the course. The 3 day course is in stem cells. This is a course for business people to learn the science behind a field they want to enter.

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    1. How much science can you learn in a field in three days? It might help avoid the most obvious ripoffs than people looking for funding will use, though, which would be something. Managing anything in science doesn't seem like a three-day course...more like a three-hour tour...

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  3. The hatred at MBAs is misplaced. You want to change the world? Change the politicians who print money for government funded research.... Oh! Don't like that one because it might decrease academia funding? Then put up with the endless supply of PhDs and quit your complaining.

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    1. Governments aren't shipping everyone's jobs (but their own) elsewhere and pretending that useful things magically grow on trees watered by people making peanuts while they sell them for gold bars (and take their cuts off the top).

      No, the ire is not misplaced.

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  4. "Governments aren't shipping everyone's jobs (but their own) elsewhere"

    What do you think the training visa programs are for? Most of these are a way to have those in the US train their replacements who will go back to Asia after their education is complete.

    Allowing employment and environmental arbitrage destroys jobs too. Those in the US have to abide by many regulations. China does not follow many regulations in practice. Where are the jobs? Whose currency is valued? Where are the jobs?

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