So I just got fired a few days ago. I was on the line with this amazingly computer illiterate guy who also didn't seem to have very good comprehension skills. About an hour in the the call I pushed down my headset's mike and (thought I'd muted my phone but apprently not!) and said "you fucking idiot!" which was rather audible apparently. Ofcourse I spend the next 15 minutes assuring the guy he was in fact not a fucking idiot. Well, looks like he called the ISP's customer service line and uhh... wasn't very happy I guess, whoops. This was right after I got my third promotion and raise lol, so I got fired on the spot.
It's actually not that bad really, I fucking hated working there by this point and doing tech support was really a waste of my time, not to metion totally not worth the money for the amount of stress.
So I just got done preparing my resume and I realized I've done a fair bit in school so far that can land me partime programming job (not to mention I'll be making twice as much for very simple unix scripiting/web developement/db management/c++ type stuff). I took (quite a bit of) time off school (for a variety of reasons, mostly non-academic and financial) and am going back this semester to finish up and get my degree (finally, lol). I don't have a whole lot of course load left but while working 25+ hrs a week and being completely cutt off and self reliant, it'll take me a bit longer than it normally would have.
UT's Computer Science curriculum is the same as MIT and Carnegie Mellon's btw, so even projects I've done in my required core CS classes (which would be stuff like Computer Architechture / Programming Theory / Object Oriented Programming / Automota Theory and other things I can't recall at the moment) are actually complex and incorperate enough 'sophisticated' theory (i.e. tons of discrete mathematics, logic, and number theory type stuff) enought that most professional software engineers and programmers with BS degrees can barely grasp. Some of it is stuff like writing encryption protocols, modifying the P4 chips Instruction Set Architecture to optimize it for running specific open source communications software (down to adding additional insturitons at an assebmly level and modifying the L1 cache for the processor), various networking software and sercurity protocols etc, that my resume actually looks pretty good now that I put all that stuff together on a single peice of paper. I talked to one of my academic advisors, some people in the CS faculty (and we've got an awesome CS department) and a few other friends who've graduated with their CS degrees currently working in the industry basically told me is that as long as I add PHP / MySQL / Python / AJAX etc to the list of languages, there's no reason I shouldn't be able to get an interview pretty fast. So I guess it's a good things I got fired as it gave me insentive to get off my ass and look for something that willl actually be worth my time and will pay more than enough to make ends meet. A buddy of mine who works for an open source developer said he should be able to teach all the languages I need to tack on in a matter of just a couple of hrs. Which actually isn't a big deal considering the amount of theory I've done by this point that picking a new language is pretty simple really.
I'd rather write code than talk to a-hole customers all day. Apparently the Natural Science career fair is this week and 90% of the jobs there are basically companies like AMD / Sun Microsystems / Dell / IBM etc looking to recruit programmers on campus.
@ Dervish: If I recall correctly, weren't you a software engineer or something dude? Got any tips for interviews?
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Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak out for me." -Martin Niemöller