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Entering the Work Force or Forced to Work. Beginning the Journey. College is a good start Showing up once in a while is not enough Do stuff to show stuff Extra-curricular activities, projects, etc… Keep records and awards to show accomplishments The Web is a good source

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Entering the Work Force orForced to Work


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Beginning the Journey

  • College is a good start

    • Showing up once in a while is not enough

    • Do stuff to show stuff

      • Extra-curricular activities, projects, etc…

      • Keep records and awards to show accomplishments

  • The Web is a good source

    • Familiarize yourself with the technology you will be working with

      • Not sure what that is yet? Look at it all!

    • Interviewing techniques, resume help, web hosting


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Following Through

  • A degree is not a magic ticket

    • Do something that sets you apart

    • Networking, it’s not just a CS class

  • Start looking now

    • Attend programs such as this

    • Research companies, tailor resumes and cover letters for those companies

    • Keep an eye on the job market


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Recognize the Box

  • Think “outside”

    • Not all problems can be solved by technology

      • Inspiration can come from a falling leaf or a blooming flower

      • May not come from staring at a flickering screen for twelve hours in a windowless basement lab

  • Think “inside”

    • Organization is key

      • Computers are handy tools to organize files and data

      • My favorite organizational tool is the plain manila folder


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Portfolio

  • A collection of work that documents a student's educational performance and employment experiences over time. Typically includes a range of work (e.g., reports, photographs) assigned by the teacher and selected by the student. Portfolios may be used for a variety of purposes including: increasing student learning opportunities; helping students demonstrate a wide variety of skills; assisting students in recognizing their own academic growth; and teaching them to take greater responsibility for their own learning and development. www.columbus-chamber.org/workforce/glossary.htm

    • Keep a few copies of your resume with the portfolio

    • Put the important achievements at the beginning

    • A table of contents is a really good idea


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Who is this guy?

  • Graduated from SRU August 2004

  • Internship McKesson Summer 2004

  • Hired full time at McKesson September 2004

  • My Job

    • Support

    • Maintenance

    • Development


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A Day in the life of an Entry Level Software Engineer

  • Answer emails from level 2 support

  • Attend Daily critical issues meeting

  • Research critical bug

  • Develop fix for critical bug

  • Document changes for bug

  • Write design for new enhancement

  • Attend design meeting


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What to expect

  • Meetings… lots of meetings…

  • Cubicles… lots of cubicles…

  • You don’t know things you didn’t know that you didn’t know

  • Everything has a common denominator: MONEY


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How to prepare yourself

  • Become an adequate communicator

    • Technical writing skills

    • Verbal skills

  • Take as many “project-based” CS classes as you can manage

  • Learn a little bit about as much as you can


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