On Wednesday, I went to the Tech Career fair at Cal. There were many companies so students could have a lot of opportunities for internships or full-time jobs.
I was a little bit intimidated at first. There were so many students, and their resumes are filled with amazing projects. I felt so small about myself, physically and academically. I was so intimidated to talk to recruiters too. I was like “wow, wow, I was about to talk to them. That amazing person has done X, Y, Z” You know, it is kind of like the pressure to impress people. I started off with one company. It went really well actually. I was scared a little bit at first, but then the recruiter talked about my interests. I felt less intimidated. Oh well, “they were students before too, they must have gone through what I am feeling right now, take a deep breath, take a deep breath” I talked to myself. I am interested in AI and Machine Leaning, so we were talking about it. I did not know what to talk about, so I texted a friend of me for more tips. It gets better.
At one point, I was waiting so long for a tech company, and the company did not respond except my resume. I was disappointed. However, I understood why. When the recruiter asked me to tell me about the company and their projects. I was kind of showing no interest in the projects and the developments they are working on. I learned that: Do Not Try To Drop my resume off at everything but pick the ones I like first. Also, I need to come prepares. There were many students wait in line. So I just went direct to the main questions.
When I was waiting in line. I joined some conversations. One of it was it a girl and a boy:
– My dad worked at XYZ company as an engineer; I ask him to help me a lot”. The girl said
The boy response:
-Oh nice, My dad is an electrical engineer, he wants me to do more EE, but I am more interested in CS. My mom wants me to be a doctor though because she is in the medical field.
-How long have you been programming? – The girl asked curiously
-Since I was 12. My dad taught me about coding. I read my dad’s magazines too
They turned to me and asked: “How about you, Lupin?”
-Mmmm, my parents were farmers. We grew coffee and black pepper on a small farm. I did not know I can major in Computer Science until I immigrated to the US. In my country, people call it IT, but I did not like IT that much. I started coding since my second year of college, and I love it. I transferred to Cal from another school. By the way, I ran after kites when I was growing up. I did not have magazines to read at home. Anyway, I feel I have a lot to learn tho.
The boy said: “Oh, it is our turn already, hurry up.”
I spent couple hours at the fair. I learned a lot today. I learned what I should put on my resume. What I should know before a technical interview. I learned that I love Computer Science and would love to apply it in other fields. I learned that I got to Cal as a Computer Science major with 7% acceptance rate not because I was lucky but because I want to be here, I take a spot to be here. And I feel thankful for my parents for everything they have done. I am grateful for what Cal has offered so far.
I am more than ready for the next career fair
OK, I need to watch my lecture online now!!!