I was required to attend a Symposium for the computer science department. It was essentially a “meeting” where alums from the College of Charleston give students insights on what steps we can take to be successful after we end up graduating with our Computer Science degrees. There were around a few alums visiting this year ranging from graduate from 2000 to 2016.
A few things I took away from the Symposium were to always code when I have free time, work on side projects, writing a thank-you letter to everyone who helps you organize your interviews and networking. Apparently, networking is one of the most powerful tools that a person so could have under their belt. Working on side projects also gets us familiar with code, which is something that Ronak, a friend and presenter at the Symposium, has preached to me since I was a sophomore. Not only does it make me a confident programmer, but also helps me adapt rather quickly to projects that I may want to contribute to.
All in all the Symposium was very insightful and I would suggest that even if you’re just starting out, just go out and network.
On an ending note, I’d like to thank the College of Charleston computer science department for holding an insightful event such as this Symposium.