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1 “The Future Is Always Beginning Now.” -Mark Strand Megan Webberking Industry Awareness Night 2006 Slippery Rock University

2 Who am I?  May Graduated with a BS in Computer Science  July Interned at Management Science Associates  October Hired full time at MSA on the Production Team Present: Lead Systems Programmer  Real-time Outbreak and Disease Surveillance System (RODS) Laboratory - University of Pittsburgh

3 The Journey Begins… Success In School Begins With You! Classes Classes - ATTEND! ATTEND! ATTEND! - Diversify Electives! - Ability to adapt to different technologies/tools Get Involved - Extra-curricular activities! Get Involved - Extra-curricular activities! - Projects - Programming Contests (ACM/PACISE/Intramural) - Programs (ie - Undergraduate Mentoring Program) ** Save all accomplishments (papers, projects, awards) for the next step!! ** - THE PORTFOLIO - - THE PORTFOLIO -

4 More prep work! Compile and organize all accomplishments into a portfolio Polish Communication Skills – verbal and written - Technical vs. Non Technical Resume/Cover Letter writing assistance Acquaint yourself with different Interview Techniques - team interview /behavioral interview/traditional interview - mock interviewing Actively begin looking into the job market

5 You’re Hired – SD1! “What exactly do you do here?” Involved in the Software Development Lifecycle Review and/or possibly write requirement documents technical documents Develop features Fix bugs Participate in code reviews

6 You’re Working! Now What? Tips: Keep up on technology! - Check out the Pittsburgh Technology - PittJug – Pittsburgh’s Java User’s Group - Oracle User Group Read – technical books, journals, magazines - Current reading: Head First Design Patterns - By Eric Freeman,Eric Freeman Elisabeth Freeman, Kathy Sierra, Bert BatesElisabeth FreemanKathy SierraBert Bates

7 Good Luck!


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