I agree that it shouldn't count against you, but don't undervalue the experience. When I'm conducting job interviews, particularly for younger applicants, I'm very interested in the things that they've done before or straight after graduation. A person who is really interested in computers gets involved at any level. They've set up a web server for their local high school, they've built a web app for the store they were working in, they've refurbished computers for a non-profit.... you name it. I'd rather hire *that* person than the one who graduated with high marks and no work experience. This is the person who comes in late one morning because they kept themselves up late writing some piece of awesome code that makes everyone's lives easier. OK, that may not work if you want a job programming for a major financial corporation, but for a lot of software houses that's exactly the kind of person you want on the team.