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Re: [SLUG] graduate programmers
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] graduate programmers
- From: Del <del@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 11:42:00 +1100
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No graduate is worth $50K.
Ack. And down with universities that tell people otherwise. I have an acquaintance
who graduated with (degree name withheld, but it was an arts subject) and,
after hearing from the career counsellors at (university name withheld) had
decided that people with that degree were obviously in great demand, so
she should expect at least $25/hr for her internship year, and "wouldn't
accept less than $70/hr" for a permanent job.
Needless to say expectations have been revisited in since joining the real world.
First year out of university, take the money you are offered, look for something
with good on-the-job training, and hope you survive the first year. The on-site
training is vastly more important to you in the first 12 - 24 months than the
money -- don't assume your degree endows you with any more than half a clue. Once
you have a resume with something useful on it then you might start looking around
for jobs that pay real money.