gabriel rosenkoetter on Tue, 30 Oct 2001 07:30:21 +0100

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Re: [PLUG] I just got laid off.

On Mon, Oct 29, 2001 at 10:25:28PM -0500, wrote:
> It seems that people with BS degrees are favored for Unix admin jobs.
> Definitely for programming. But why were they hunting a full time
> student? Did they think you would quit school for the right job?

It seemed that, despite its being stated clearly in my resume (date
of graduation listed as June 2002, though that's changed to December
2001 at this point, along with a noisy note about my enrolled
state), they just missed or ignored the reality.

I, foolishly, went into the whole thing presuming that I'd be able
to get some three month contract with a company and, when it came to
its end, persuade them that I wasn't a complete jerkoff for leaving
and maybe even have them want me back after another year of school,
with my degree and previous experience in their company. Seemed like
a winning deal on both ends to me, but I forgot there was a third
end to that exchange... that being the headhunter.

Side note: I won't have a BS. I'll have a BA. In Computer Science.
(The only BS granted by Swarthmore is in Engineering. Yes, I am
aware that this is odd.)

> I saw a story on TV a long time ago about two people who quit MIT to do
> Web design. They were being paid over 100Gs each! The logic was that
> school is supposed to prepare them to go out and make money. Well, they
> got the money first. I wonder what they're doing now.

Sleeping in the street? Haven't you heard? The web is so last
millenium... ;^>

Seriously, it's certainly been discussed that, recently, young
people have learned enough on their own certainly to do web design
and (in my opinion only, in my case) system administration before
the end of high school, and penalizing these people with a low
salary for joining the workforce with their knowledge earlier rather
than sitting through tertiary school classes in which they learned
little was unfair. (I remember multiple /. discussions along these

I think this principle is flawed because, even though there is
nothing I don't know coming up in my current operating systems class,
even though my study->work habits happened to be well-developed long
before I arrived at Swarthmore, my attendance here has *not* just
been an extra four years of playing around when I could have gotten
a jumpstart on adulthood. I'd like to think I'm about the same
person now as when I started here (or as I would have been had I
spent the last three and a half years working a "real job"), and in
many ways I am... but not all.

       ~ g r @

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