Thursday, May 04, 2006

Software Engineer

If you had told me 6 years ago that I would be a software engineer, I might have laughed at you. I enjoyed computers, and was pretty good at using them, but had never done any ‘programming’. Fast forward six years, three years into my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and I was offered (and accepted) my first job as a real “Software Engineer”.

Since January I have been splitting my time between development and QA, on Monday I will officially put my QA responsibilities and focus my work time in my new role as a developer. I am pretty excited, I have a lot to learn, and this is a great opportunity to do some learning. The great thing is that I still get to work with the great people that I have grown to know and love at my workplace; additionally I am gaining relevant work experience while still in school. I couldn’t have hoped for a better situation right now. They are understanding of my educational goals, and are willing to take me as a part-time employee during the school year. I wore the intern title for so long; I was beginning to wonder if I would ever find a job where I wasn’t an intern. I am certainly not at the top of the chart when it comes to software development experience, but that is something that comes with time, and now I am well on my way. I am sure there will be more jobs and opportunities in the future, but I am pretty excited for this one here and now.

In other news, I got my final grade in Compilers – A. Certainly can’t complain about that. The final was very fair, but still a good deal of work. I really enjoyed that class.

No news on my other two classes yet. Hopefully things will turn out equally as well. In the meantime, I will just decide to enjoy the moment. I have written about being a professional, and thought a lot about being a professional, it is very satisfying to have the professional’s title – now let’s just hope that I can live up to it.

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