School

Friend Blogs & IT Jobs

Blogs

Two friends of mine at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have blogs as well, one is about college food, http://collegefoodie.com/; the other, is for Wine and related foods, http://quintessenceofmediocrity.blogspot.com/. The college food blog run by a contributor for this blog, Kevin Ung, @kevinung.

Jobs

Now that it is senior year of college for me, the job hunt has started. This year there was a good turn out for the Information Technology (and Web Science) program at the RPI career fair. There seems to be two types of companies at the career fair for IT, some know they want IT and what that entails; the other are companies that want Comp Sci but say they want IT. The latter, in their interviews tends to ask questions such as algorithms.

Many companies have rotation programs for IT students, these are designed to start with a generic student and train them in the organizations method and technologies. These programs tend to be 2-4 years, with 6-12 month rotations; ranging from databases to networking. Most of these programs also focus on creating managers out of these students, going back and forth between technology classes as well as management skills.

To any new IT students, I would recommend knowing what path you want to go down early on, do you want to be closer to general (broad) IT, or focus on the computer science components