March 10

Demo Day

Demo day was a huge let down. We had some problems from the beginning when our original demo day was cancelled due to the weather. I want to think it would have been better if it happened on schedule, but I’m not sure.

There were some interesting employers in the room during the lunch presentation, but they disappeared right after lunch. For the open house we mostly just stood around waiting for someone to come by and look at our projects – and no one came. Or very few… Continue reading

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February 11

Hackers Attack My Blog!

And I thought no one even READ my blog…

Which makes me wonder why anyone would bother to hack it in the first place. But even after taking their posts down, they are coming back every day to deface the blog again… AND talk about ISIS, well, maybe anti-ISIS. I don’t know. But you would think they could find a political blog to hack instead of a beginning programmer blog in this dusty and forgotten corner of the web.

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February 2

Demo Day! (Not…)

So tomorrow is Demo Day! We get to show off our final projects to potential employers. I was looking forward to it, and also to having it be done. Some of my classmates were wishing they had extra time to finish their projects.

Well, along comes yet another ice storm.

So, we get an extra month to stress out about presenting our projects (or finish them as the case may be). Which means, I am once again in job search mode. With 3 weeks left to my internship and 0 weeks left in my savings I can’t wait an extra month to get started looking.

This end game is really frightening. I wish I had managed to save a little more. I wish they had not given us so much vacation time. I kind of wish my internship would turn into a full-time job. Or that I had not been so picky about the job I interviewed for last December. Or that I had skipped the internship to look for paying work…

It’s just a very anxious time.  All the cohorts before us managed to have all their graduates in jobs within 3 months. So really, we could just believe it will happen. And I think I would, if I had 3 months worth of savings left in the bank. I think the real challenge is watching the money run out and not knowing how you will make ends meet until you do find a job. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling anxious…the lucky ones for the next couple of months will be the ones who get picked up by their internship companies.

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January 29

First Week of Internship

I think one of the hardest things about starting any job is that first week. You go in, don’t know anything (not even where the bathroom or kitchen are) and don’t know anyone… it’s just hard.

And at the same time you REALLY want to make a good first impression. Which, especially as an intern that wants to maybe get hired somewhere down the line, includes not asking too many questions.

But besides finding your way around a new building and trying to remember a dozen new names and faces, you are almost certainly going to encounter some new software as well.

It was like that for me this week. There is this cool automated marketing system called Mautic that I spent almost a whole day trying to get installed and running on a Cloud9 server. And a new way of creating WordPress templates (and I was the lucky one having worked with both WordPress and PHP before, some of my fellow interns are learning both at the same time and trying to figure out how to build these templates).

I’m not in the group that is learning Ruby/Rails. And I’m both jealous they are learning something I’m not, and relieved that I don’t have to do that just yet.

By the end of the week though, I felt pretty good about the internship.  There is a learning curve, but I think that is always going to be the case with a new job in a new company. I felt like I had learned enough by the end of the week to make a contribution, and that’s not a bad first week.

I’m also excited about the company and what they are doing. It’s an interesting group with a lot of great ideas. I’m hoping to see a few of them play out while I’m there, and might be interested in staying if they do.

In the meantime, we have this demo day coming up next week. And I’m relieved not to be one of the lunch speaker/presenters.

I still have to set up a computer with my project(s) for the open house and I’ve been working on that this weekend. Not the Epicodus workstation, but at least getting the projects I am wanting to show running. I was hoping to get them running on Cloud9 which seems like a pretty good place to put things up live.

It’s really cool when it works…

But there are so many projects that were working fine a month ago when we built them at school that are crashing when I try to run them here.

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