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Re: [ossig] Programmer life in Malaysia.
On 11/17/05 13:01 Ng Swee Meng said the following:
> i) just want to pass exam, not all but alot of them
paper qualifications alone without an analytical and reasoning capability
wont get your hired.
> ii)for some of them, programming is the last job on their mind, i think
> there is more
> want to be sysadmin
in a creative field, a sysadmin wont get them the big bucks they desire.
they need to be engineers, and for engineers a critical ability is problem
solving, reasoning and analysis. if they cant do this and still expect big
bucks, then they're living on Fantasy Island.
> iii)for another alot of them, comp sci or it is not really their first
> choice, so try to get
> them do programming
if CS is not their first choice and they lack the passion for it, then it's
the wrong industry for them to be in. in effect they've killed their own
career prospects because shifting to another industry is going to be
tougher without baseline fundamentals in the other industry. working in a
CS position will also be counterproductive due to their lack of passion for
the field. end result, they're going to dead=end themselves career-wise.
> - noticed in the forum that people want 2 years job experience
it's not the quantitative number of years, but rather the /amount/ of
experience you've garnered. however, in job ads a qualitative benchmark
like this is hard to put down so most people will put down number of years
required. rest assured however that the better employers are looking at
quality not quantity.
> - so does working in FOSS project is accepted as job experience for most
i would, but with a provisio that the experience was within the role being
applied for. i.e. if you're asking to be a developer then i'd consider your
development FOSS experience.
in fact, from my point of view, FOSS development experience stands as being
more valuable than closed source development experience because as an
employer i can easily judge your capabilities and your qualities by looking
at the FOSS code you've written. your management and leadership skills will
also be apparent from the manner in which you manage the FOSS project while
your communications and crisis management skills would be clear from how
your resolve conflicts within the foss project.
Regards, /\_/\ "All dogs go to heaven."
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