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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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beginning the journey
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
following through
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
recognize the box
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
portfolio
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
who is this guy
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
a day in the life of an entry level software engineer
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
what to expect
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
how to prepare yourself
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