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Posted by Electric Turahk , in Work, School Feb 17 2013 · 190 views

How the heck do you guys do it?

Those of you who have travelled great distances just for an internship.

How?

I was offered just an interview with Amazon - after not hearing anything for 5 months! - and can't bring myself to accept, just for the anxiety of going so far away. Being so alone there. But that's if I even get it, of course...

Not to mention I'm only now really learning about the algorithms and whatnot they'd be asking me about in the interview.

Add to that the stress of being given 5 days to decide...

And I'm a wreck right now.

*headdeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddeskheaddesk*

~|ET|~


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Booker DeWitt
Feb 17 2013 05:34 PM

If it's an internship then you won't be away FOREVER, will you? Also you'll meet new people, plus be busy all the time anyway so meh.

 

And don't stress over not knowing algorithms etc - do what you can to learn, then do the interview. If they approve you, then that means they reckon you're capable enough to learn this stuff as you go. I mean, presumably your original application never said 'I KNOW ALL THE ALGORITHMS PERFECTLY ETC' and they've given you an interview, so it's probably not essential to be a MASTER of that stuff.

 

Just chill. Do the interview, don't worry too much else you'll get all paniced during it, and if they offer you the job then definitely accept it because they think you're capable of doing well, and travelling is good. Well, obviously Britain is smaller so travelling around it is less of a big deal.

 

Hopefully these ramblings make sense, I'm quite tired.

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Meh, my only issue for traveling far is how much money it'll cost, and if they're paying you, then it could be worth it.  Even if the pay really only covers your living expense, but you'll still get the experience.

 

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If it's an internship then you won't be away FOREVER, will you? Also you'll meet new people, plus be busy all the time anyway so meh.
 
And don't stress over not knowing algorithms etc - do what you can to learn, then do the interview. If they approve you, then that means they reckon you're capable enough to learn this stuff as you go. I mean, presumably your original application never said 'I KNOW ALL THE ALGORITHMS PERFECTLY ETC' and they've given you an interview, so it's probably not essential to be a MASTER of that stuff.
 
Just chill. Do the interview, don't worry too much else you'll get all paniced during it, and if they offer you the job then definitely accept it because they think you're capable of doing well, and travelling is good. Well, obviously Britain is smaller so travelling around it is less of a big deal.
 
Hopefully these ramblings make sense, I'm quite tired.

Hit the nail on the head. When I was doing the Microsoft interview I was freaking out about if I 'knew enough', but if Amazon's anything like MS it's less about 'do you know algorithm X' and more 'can you think a problem through, explain your thought process, and come up with solutions, even if they're not perfect.'

And I had to fly out to Seattle for the interview. It was the first time I'd be traveling that far alone, let alone flying alone. But I bit the bullet, and I'm really glad I did.

Let me hit you up on Skype, so we can talk about this more.
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Go for it. I learned a lot more during my internships than I did in my classes. Maybe not individual algorithms and such, but how to work as a team, how to solve problems, and how real software development is done. Don't miss out because it puts you out of your comfort zone.
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Electric Turahk
Feb 18 2013 01:22 AM
Thanks guys.

Just accepted the interview a few hours ago. Now to find time between massive projects and exams this week and next to prepare...

Wish me luck!
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