Weekly Report #4

News. I live in a vermin-infested hole so I’m moving at the end of the month. I am not going to Australia, as I previously planned. Victoria is full of beautiful people and I want to meet all of them, go to their houses, eat their food, make friends with their children and borrow their tools, and I’m making excellent progress in this department.

This summer will be a fun one. I’m about to graduate with a diploma in Computer Systems Technology from Camosun, and make some serious decisions about whether to go to UVic and pursue software engineering.

I do want to get my degree in engineering. But I am sick of being broke for so very, very long and I don’t actually believe my parents when they claim that they’re going to pay my way through. So it’s time, again, to get a J-O-B, and I’m trying to figure out what I should do.

FInal project demos on the 19th!
FInal project demos on the 19th!

Most of my experience so far is in help desk support. I do enjoy that and certainly wouldn’t mind doing it for a few more years, but I don’t want to spend my life on it.

It also seems like it would be easy to get a job in web design. That, although fun, doesn’t seem like a career with staying power, since so many web designers have been trying so hard for so many years to put themselves out of business by making the tools user friendly and available to laymen. Again, I’d love to do it for a few years, but not for the rest of my life.

What I really want to do is program tiny robots, microcontrollers, and obscure operating systems for highly specific industrial tools. C, Java, Lisp, Haskell, Python, I’m into it. Sadly, the companies who do this sort of thing aren’t nearly as good at marketing as the web-design wallahs, so I don’t really know who they are. Commencing now, the search for a company that wants to hire me to build tiny robots. Away!

Goals for the next few months:

  • Job that doesn’t come with a uniform.
  • House that doesn’t come with small mammals.
  • Play lots and lots of polo.
  • Sell my motorbike.
  • Buy a faster motorbike.
  • Build something wicked cool.
I need that Duc.
I need that Duc.

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Shannon Graham

Shannon has been writing brief essays and occasional how-to articles at Rocketships, Unaffiliated (.ca) whenever inspiration strikes, since 2012. She is interested in your opinion.

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