While taking a Computer Science degree at my university, I have the option of participating in the Co-Op program, which will help me get intern positions at firms in the Computer Science field. The positions range from performing basic technical support to working on active projects with the rest of the team at the firm. I will hopefully be starting my co-op term this September, and I’m looking forward to the plethora of new knowledge I will gain from the experience.
All in all, I applied for a whopping 17 positions. Normally, I wouldn’t have applied for so many, but this is my first co-op term, and all of the other students going into a work term this September will be in their second work term; in short, I’m at a natural disadvantage. So, in order to increase my odds of getting a job, I’ve decided to apply for a ton of jobs (all that I would find interesting, mind you), in order to (hopefully) guarantee myself a position. The one job I would kill for, however, is at a web design firm called Tipping Canoe. The firm focuses on PHP and MySQL development, which is exactly what I’m interested in. There are a number of other technologies, such as Sphinx and memcached, which would be invaluable for any large scale development I may work on. Other reasons for liking the job include the location, which only requires that I take one bus to work, and the work environment, where they offer a casual, relaxed work environment in the Exchange district and they refer to their employees as Coding Ninjas (!!!). From what I’ve heard they prefer students who have little-to-no PHP experience, but I still have a lot to learn even though I’ve covered some of the basics.
Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to be picky for which position I get. If I get the position at Tipping Canoe, I’ll be happier than <insert happiness simile here>, but I should be just as satisfied with a tech support position. Anything I get will teach me more and give me real world experience, which is what this opportunity is all about. Any job I get will help me develop my skill set, and there’s always the opportunity to apply for them another year if I don’t make the cut. What it comes down to is that I’ll be making money doing something that I love and learning more about it at the same time. It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to get paid for doing something you love.
And Tipping Canoe, if you’re reading this, I’d love an interview. Pleeeeze? Can’t help to ask, I guess…