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comment New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
Also, the font included is a GNU GPL version of fixedsys‌​, I'm going to include it's license with my next commit. I believe I am allowed to bundle it with my project, since it's a noncommercial project, right?
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comment New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
I am familiar with OLPC and think it's a great idea. Unfortunately, their website shows that they currently have no opportunities. Mathworks requires at least being in a masters program for their internships. I just browsed all their jobs and the ones that they will hire candidates with just a bachelors require 3+ years of experience. I appreciate the suggestions though. Truth is, I'm not necessarily looking to work in an educational field, just as long as what I'm doing is productive (hence my choice of personal project). That's why I'm seriously looking at startups.
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comment New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
GPA doesn't seem matter as much when a candidate has experience to refer to, but every internship I've looked at that I otherwise qualify for has a GPA requirement that I don't meet (I'm just under 3.0) which is the biggest reason I've never had an internship. And every entry-level job that doesn't specifically advertise a strong preference for candidates from top-tier schools, has an experience requirement. I'd love to get experience but it seems that without anything to distinguish me from other candidates besides my level of enthusiasm, no one wants to give me a chance.
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comment New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
@Caleb I already flagged this for a moderator to consider moving to the Workplace. I saw many other questions on programmers related to career advice, projects, and experience, and since my question is related to programming, I erroneously thought this might be the place for it (but after reading the FAQ here and at workplace, I think maybe I should have posted it there). I edited it, however to explain why I think this question is relevant to ANY new grad with no experience, not just myself.
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comment New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
I am in the U.S. and I am making this game for fun, and to have made something useful (because vim is considered by many coders I know to be very useful even today). I could try to sell it but I'd rather use it to demonstrate skills that could help me get a job. Also, I believe it could be useful to a lot of people, and selling it could prevent it from reaching as wide of an audience. I will, however, accept donations from anyone who believes it has helped them and wants to donate. So it's possible that the result (sure to require hundreds of hours of work) could generate something like $50 :P
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comment New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
I agree, my time could be better spent teaching myself the "more marketable" skills, but it seems that the most common answer to the question of how to overcome lack of experience in its permutations is the develop something on one's own that shows off one's abilities. So are you suggesting that I work on something else? Or that I don't work on a project at all, in favor of teaching myself the skills that will be necessary to qualify for the jobs that I am interested in?
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revised New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?
Rephrased the question to show how it's applicable to more than just me
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asked New grad; To overcome complete lack of experience, should I ditch a creative pet project in lieu of one that would demonstrate more applicable skills?