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Career Advice

Via Reddit – couldn’t resist link jacking. 🙂

I used to do interviews for hiring students from campus. One question I often tried to ask folks from branches that don’t involve programing is “Now that you have chosen to go into a programing career, how did you arrive at this decision? What did you do to prepare yourselves for it?”. Very few students I have interviewed have given a convincing answer to that question – I have got the impression that many people choose the programing career because everyone else is doing it.

I wish they had the above image as the cover of some text book.

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  1. March 19, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I always love how easy it is too lie with bar and pie charts. The chart above implies that there are an equal number of dead-end and ideal jobs, which leads the student into falsely thinking that both types of job are equally attainable. The dead-end, soul-sapping intersection, however, should be twice as big as it is currently and the ideal career intersection should be little bigger than a dot. Of course, if it were represented as such, most students would conclude that there are not enough ideal jobs to warrant a serious effort in looking, so this small lie may not be such a bad thing.

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