Like dragonchild, I'm technically a trained professional... I mean... OK, two more exams and I'll finish my degree! :-)
in reply to Trained Perl professional or self-taught hack?
I started learning Perl at my final year at university (2001), but the Perl I learned I learned because I liked it :-) I have a bunch of Perl books, I read a bunch of stuff, I'm always trying new things...
And if all goes well, I'll receive some official Perl training sometime this year... which I'm looking forward too, but not in the sense of "I'm finally going to learn something"... No, I'll merely receive official training! To tell you the truth, I don't even know whether I want that in my resume :-\
Anyway, I don't consider myself a guru (japh), but (and I'm not trying to brag myself) I have done a couple of interesting things, I guess... at least I'm organizing this year's YAPC::EU, I have a bunch of modules on the CPAN, I wrote a guide on writing Perl modules and a couple of other things (one of which even got the best paper award at YAPC::EU::2004)...
I didn't learn those things from training, but I was at the university, so... I guess one could call me a self-taugh-Perl-hacker :-)