10 things everyone should know for their first job

20Sep07

James Stoup of Apple Matters has written “10 Things Every Programmer Should Know For Their First Job.” As I read through it though, it occurred to me that most on the list are not just for programmers but it is also for every brand spanking new college grad on his or her first job. Highly recommended. Here’s a run-down:

  1. Being liked is easy.
  2. Being respected is hard.
  3. Everything you learned in college is useless. (Well, not everything, IMO.)
  4. Never stop learning. (Definitely. This is my mantra.)
  5. You live or die by your text editor, so choose wisely.
  6. No one really cares what college you went to. (Not exactly. You have the social climbing, brats to do. Look at #10.) 
  7. Silence never goes out of style.
  8. You will meet odd, strange, and unpleasant people. Deal with it. (I agree. I’m all three.)
  9. Make friends with IT. (Very good advice.)
  10. You will never escape office politics. (I found the hard way.)
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