I am so happy right now.
1. Akshay reads some posts on my site
2. Akshay emails me a question
“I’ve been thinking of an idea to pursue further education and have my company finance it in return for a major research project for quite some time. Your “Companies don’t care about money” post really inspired me to write a proposal but while I’m confident about my research idea, I feel much less confident asking them to finance it. Frankly, I don’t think I’m going about it the right way, especially as I have stated it in my last paragraph.
I’m better than where I started, just planning to walk in and talk to the CIO, but I still feel that this can be refined.”
3. I try to offer some help and we go back and forth a little bit
4. A couple weeks later, Akshay writes back again (I love the followup, making it 100x more likely that I’d help him again…so if someone ever helps you, be sure to let them know how it works out)
“I wanted to let you know that my proposal was accepted and I got hired as a consultant for the XXX organization today! The project is very open-ended with a lot of freedom on my end to mold it and the best part is it pays for my college tuition!”
How much is the project funding for? I asked.
“The project will last the length of my Masters degree (2 years) with summer internships included. I’m still negotiating the summer stipend, but tuition coverage alone adds up to $16,000.”
$16,000 for a few hours of work?
Not to be glib, but that sounds pretty good to me.