Into the Great Wide Open

When I graduated from college, I had no idea how to find a job. Internships were just becoming a thing and I hadn’t thought that it would be important to get an internship during the summer in order to get a job after college. I just did what I was interested in.

My freshman year, I was a camp counselor at the Fresh Air Fund up in Fishkill, NY. I had a great time and learned a lot about myself and about the girls I lead. The next summer I was already on my study abroad program, and my last summer I first sold knives for Cutco, and then canvassed for NYPIRG. Those experiences influenced my future choices: for one, I knew I didn’t want to go into sales.

Senior year I spent a lot of time in the Career Resource Center looking at example resumes, example cover letters, and lists of good resume verbs. I didn’t know what I was doing. My letters would start with “To Whom it May Concern.” My resume was in Times New Roman font. All things that I would later learn were job search faux pas. I was told by two separate career success counselors that a resume in Times New Roman was “like showing up to an interview in sweatpants.”

Well, almost fifteen years later I am on the job search again. A little bit wiser, I hope. The difference is that since then I have changed my career twice, not counting the years that I wanted to survive as a theater actor. In this new search, I have retrained as a software engineer and I am looking for work as a web developer.

The process of getting work as a developer is pretty transparent. There is usually a phone screen, followed by several other interviews that include a behavioral interview and a technical interview. For the technical interview there are countless resources both online and published. Overall, the process seems a lot less daunting and more structured than what I went through after graduating from undergrad.

All this brings me to the reason for a blog. As a teacher I would often come across concepts I wasn’t familiar with. Teaching English as a Second Language, especially to advanced learners, meant I had to explain concepts that I knew how to use, but didn’t really know the mechanics behind. Adverbs and adverb phrases were one such concept: the placement of adverbs, the classification of adverb phrases, etc. Teaching those concepts solidified my own understanding.

The raison d’être of this blog is to explain concepts that may be asked in a technical interview, which will help me better understand the concept, and potentially help you who are fervently reading this blog.

I hope this is as helpful to you, reader, as it is to me. :-)