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Old 28 May 2019, 01:44   #1
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So, how you get your first job?

I wanted to share this:

So, it was a 2002, and I was 18-19 years old.
I finished high scool, and went to seek a job. What job? Well, I kind-a made 3D letters rotate in 3ds max (1) by that time, and always dreamed working on TV.

After several local TV's, that rejected me imediatelly, I got interview.
I saw the big guy (he was like wrestler), approchaing me, but director (after saw fear in my eyes), told me: He is really cool guy.
I hold my breath, and the guy sit besides me.
- So, what is it you know? - he asked
- Something. or nothing - I replied, scarefuly .
- Do you know Photoshop?
- No
- Do you know Adobe Premiere?
- No
- What do you know?
- Well, I know to make intro.. letters that spining in 3D
- That knows my daughter, what else do you know?
- That's about it.
- Any previous expiriense, anything?
- Nothing. Except I was playing with 3D as a kid with my old Amiga computer (but that's of no importance)
- You're hired.
- What?
- Yes, I am sick of morons that know nothing. Never had a guy who had Amiga. Come tomrrow to work.
And that's about it.

(later... he was like 2-3 years my chief (he later went to California), he was the best cheaf you can ask. I was in the early 20's always drinking or with some girl.
He perfectly understand my age, and only he wanted from me is to provide daily tasks, which I provided easely.
I think he is back now in my country, and can't wait to speak with him.
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Old 28 May 2019, 03:44   #2
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Where's the "like" button here?
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Old 28 May 2019, 03:46   #3
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HAHA nice

My first IT job was similar in a way. Started off as a chat in a pub with a mate who said he'd see if he could get me an interview at the IT firm he worked for in London.

On the day of the interview, it wasn't really going anywhere. Head of the (small) company was interviewing me, with his top support technician also in the room.

I'd been saying how I "know how to use" word and excel etc etc. Nothing had impressed them.

Then the boss sighed and asked "So what are you running at home?"

My mouth went into auto

"486 with 4MB RAM, 120MB HDD running Windows 3.11 with 32bit driver extensions installed".

Boss looked at the support tech. Support tech nodded back at him. And that was that. Hired.
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Old 28 May 2019, 13:19   #4
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Software developer. I did an internship at this shady Israeli company doing PHP development, but at the time I felt like the cool kid because I got to do PHP stuff. That must have been around 1997/1998. After school I kind of stuck around there but it was obviously a real dead end, I would never get an actual contract even though I got promised one several times. This went on for a few months to the dismay of my parents.

Then all of a sudden I got this call from an old classmate. "Yow, the company I work for needs a Java developer. Interested?"

The next week I had a job interview, got the job and that was the beginning of the end. I said yes, told my "colleagues" (remember: no contract) that I was leaving, walked out the building and never got a call to ask why I wasn't showing up anymore.

I've been a moderately happy Java dev ever since. It's a good platform to learn if you want job security, it's not the best platform to learn if you want to do interesting things.

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Old 28 May 2019, 13:43   #5
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My actual first job was in a supermarket, got that aged 15 during school and haven't been without a job since. Moved onto my first "techie" job a couple of years later during uni, where I worked in Maplin electronics (a now-defunct high street electronics retailer in the UK and Ireland for anyone who didn't know it). I was there around the time it was starting to move away from hobbyist stuff and into more budget consumer stuff, which was a sad time...

My first "professional" job started as a work placement from uni as an engineer in a medical devices company. The interview with the HR manager was little more than a chat and a check that I didn't live too far away (I really didn't), since it was for a 6-month placement contract. I was supposed to have a second interview with the engineering manager but he didn't bother. Maybe that was because I had Amiga experience listed on my CV Anyway, when the 6 months was up and I had to go back to uni, they asked me to stay on part time doing repairs and paperwork over the weekends. I did that until I completed my degree, and they basically offered me a full time job as soon as my exams were finished. I was there for 11-ish years, quickly specialising in taking care of automated blood analysis equipment, and then in their design and development at hardware, firmware and software levels.

I held 4 or 5 different positions through my time in that company, and never once had a proper interview...
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Old 28 May 2019, 14:56   #6
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I'm kind of jealous, I was basically forced to job-hop every 3.5 years due to IT departments imploding (bad management, corporate takeovers...). It's quite draining.
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Old 28 May 2019, 16:08   #7
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I'm kind of jealous, I was basically forced to job-hop every 3.5 years due to IT departments imploding (bad management, corporate takeovers...). It's quite draining.
I think we all see pattern there - someone was in all those companies at the time of imploding.

My first job?! It seems that I worked whole my life... As kid I would help uncle in construction company over summer, and when I was old enough I would work in family owned store. We had couple small business and there was always something to do...
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Old 31 May 2019, 12:25   #8
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Back when I got my first job, it was a completely different era!

I left school at 16 (1979) on the Wednesday, the Friday I applied for a job and was interviewed, started on the following Monday... No experience of anything but felt like I wanted a job in catering (chef)... Spent 16 years doing that before I grew tired of 6 days a week and no social life and changed directions..

That was back in the days when you used to get a wage packet at the end of the week!!! anyone else remember them? haha
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Old 06 June 2019, 15:23   #9
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My actual first job was in a supermarket
That was my plan too. Only it turns out that sarcastic answers to the health and safety questionnaire aren't appreciated, and "banning old people from the shop" isn't in line with the Sainsbury's corporate policy.

My father demanded I take my still-crisp CV over the road to a company that "did computers." It turned out they did spacecraft control systems. A "7 month on-site job" at the control centre turned into me running the support team for interplanetary missions, and a chance meeting on a ski trip lead to me flying a spacecraft around Mars. Now I'm preparing to launch a mission to the sun.

Yes, it is good fun.
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Old 06 June 2019, 15:55   #10
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My first real job was back when I was 19 - I was on a course in CLAIT (DBaseIII, Lotus 123, WordPerfect on 286s) when the guy running the course realised I could code. He offered me a chance at an interview for a local company, so I went along.

They were Applied Systems Group, from Elsham in Lincolnshire, UK. They made Amiga peripherals (and a couple of Amiga 1200 laptops) like Genlocks etc. I did some office work, wrote some music for their mail-out disks, did some coding.

Problem was I had pretty much zero work ethic and spent much of the time I was there just tossing it off and playing Amiga games on their 30 foot projector. I don't think they were very impressed tbh, but they only lasted another year or so after I left before going under so I didn't miss out on much
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Mine was basic maintenance at a bowling alley after school. Applied to the job, somehow managed to put together a piece of mechanical equipment back to together in the interview and got the role. It was a nice cruisy job but the owner needed to treat their staff better!
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My very first job was when in 68 at age 18. I dropped out of school and went into a trade school for auto mechanics. Upon graduation they got me a job at a shop called International ABM.

The ABM stands for Alignment, Brakes and Muffler. Also had a storefront like a custom shop. They sell custom wheels, performance mufflers and others like stick shifts and custom steering wheels.

My job was mostly tires, mounting and balancing. Also did front end jobs.
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Old 07 July 2019, 22:19   #13
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One of my mum's colleagues from work - her husband was a director of a local company looking for someone IT literate (this was around 1995).

Unfortunately, I was still very much in love with Amiga back in those days (still had my 1200 until 1999) and my usage of Windows based machines was confined to a year with Windows 3.11 from my first year in college around 1994 (probably enough for anybody ). However, at college I did grow a fondness for the HP Laserjet 4 which was a tank of a laser printer, my favourite printer ever in the world.

Needless to say I only lasted a year before I resigned and moved back to college for further education (HP Laserjet 4 was still there chugging away (1996)). My second job I started in 1998 and I'm still there... I still can't program for shit (I'd probably have a better idea about it now but meh, not for me) But I know a lot more about Windoze..... to this day the Amiga is the best computer I ever used - no Windoze box will ever come close I try talking about the Amiga to colleagues where I work but they don't have a clue what I'm going on about... jeez what a crock.

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Old 08 July 2019, 09:38   #14
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@Paul_s Did you ever try a little Python scripting? could be useful for automation tasks.

(disclaimer: I'm not a fan of Python myself but I do recognise how easy people and even kids pick it up).
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@Paul_s Did you ever try a little Python scripting? could be useful for automation tasks.

(disclaimer: I'm not a fan of Python myself but I do recognise how easy people and even kids pick it up).
I've never tried Python but at College and my first job;

C++
Pascal (I actually found that quite friendly/easy to use)
Assembly (wtf!)
Visual Basic

To be honest it was never in depth and very very basic in the way it was taught at the time. e.g. tutor: I will write the code on the board, you write it in Pascal... job done


First job was using Sage's Retrieve 4GL which was kinda straight forward like Pascal.
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Yes I have fond memories of Pascal
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Yes I have fond memories of Pascal
IN college we skimmed pascal (I doubt I remember any of it) and then jumped into COBOL

Wish I'd paid more attention to that as fast forward not many years, and COBOL contractors were pretty much setting their own hourly rates, going around patching old systems to make them Y2K ready.


I mean...can you imagine? Choosing your own income, just to go in and change date fields to 4 digits instead of 2?

(of course some would have been a bugger to locate but still, that's essentially all that was required).

In fact, one of the guys I know now still does some COBOL work.
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I mean...can you imagine? Choosing your own income, just to go in and change date fields to 4 digits instead of 2?
Well I've watched the movie Office Space many times so I can definitely imagine the latter part

I think you can still retire early today if you have COBOL expertise.
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