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Comment: It shows that you are genuinely interested (Score 1) 1316

by 123beer (#27206575) Attached to: Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

I don't share their enthusiasm - why is self-teaching so amazing? Am I really that cool for doing the simplest thing ever - teaching myself. Or are the other people I'm being judged against too fucking retarded to teach themselves?

So, I have a pretty sweet job, working with very, very talented people to solve meaningful/challenging software problems.

Sometimes I get to go recruiting for interns on college campuses. Every kid hands me the same resume. They've taken the same classes and maybe have a tiny bit of "professional experience" (eg nothing akin to a substantial contribution to a large scale, commercial software project). That's not surprising; they're in the same school, following the same curriculum.

The first thing I ask a potential recruit? "What types of programming or techy/geeky things do you do in your free time?" It doesn't matter if what you do is even remotely related to our sub-field (although, of course, it helps). The fact that you're one of the 5% or less that are genuinely interested enough to experiment on your own sets you apart.

And that's not just some random question to separate out a random group of people. When it comes time to work on some serious coding/software architecture tasks full time, you'd better really enjoy it or your life and the work you produce is going to suck.

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.

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