Been a busy couple of weeks. I attended a career fair at my school. I was able to scout the participants early on and narrowed my focus to just one company. Most of the companies there were looking for helpdesk or software support staff. Been there, done that. Anything other than an internship in software engineering/development would be a waste of time.
From the career fair I landed an interview, which I think went well. I did suffer a slight brain freeze on parts of the technical interview, but overall I thought it was positive. There’s nothing more frustrating than realizing an answer to a question on your way out or long after it’s been asked (ie 6/10 = 3/5, 6/15 = 2/5, 2/5+3/5 = 5/5)… I also got the normal questions that interview guides tell you to avoid answering at all costs (pay, current offers, etc). I had trouble stonewalling the interviewer on those questions, it’s just not in my personality. Hopefully they see my honesty and forthrightness as an asset. I should know in the next week or so if they feel I’m right for the job. (fingers crossed)
My career services department has sent my resume to a few places as well. Only one of which looked interesting. I’ll know in a few days whether I’ve been pre-selected for an interview.
In the mean time I’m continuing to seek out opportunities. One thing I’ve learned from this experience… don’t just look at Monster, Dice, etc. When I first began looking I got pretty worried as there wasn’t a lot in the area. Directly visiting an employer’s website produced a lot more results.
All in all, internship or no internship.. it’s been an enlightening experience. Interviewing reminded me of just how far I’ve come in the past few years. I can still remember my first real interview, what a disaster that was. I had no idea what I was doing!