Whyrl (whyrl) wrote,
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Work experience

A little over two weeks ago I started work experience at an electronics company specialising in intercom systems. This work experience counts towards, and hopefully will comprise the entirety of, my "industrial practice" requirement for my engineering degree. I was placed in with the R&D section of the company, who are developing an entertainment/communication system for long-haul passenger trains, similar to those found in passenger aircraft.

So far I've been doing tasks for the projects manager and one of the software engineers. Before I started, I basically didn't know C++, and one of the first tasks was to look at a unit testing tool for C++! So I had to learn quickly. :> I'd still like to get my hands on a good C++ book. I've also been writing up some macros in VBA for Excel. And having lots of fun with trying to read a CompactFlash card under Linux (apply head to wall repeatedly). I've generally had stuff to keep me occupied, so I'm not sitting there bored out of my mind. It's not the most exciting work in the world, but it's work, and it beats sitting at home. It'd be really great if I was being paid, too, but I'm not. In fact, I haven't even asked whether there was any remuneration. It doesn't really matter. It's valuable experience, I'm learning every day, and every day counts towards getting my degree - which is what's really important.

Plus I'm getting exercise, too. It's about a 20-25 minute walk to work from the bus stop, plus another ten minute walk from the bus stop in my suburb to home, so I'm walking about an hour each day; possibly more if you factor in my wanderings around West End at lunch. I've only been late one day, that was by five minutes, and that was because I caught the wrong bus and got dropped off in the City near QUT, and I had to walk an extra ten minutes. I've been keeping a 9-5 schedule, although I'm averaging about an extra half hour every day, just because. Not that I've ever actually been told when my hours are. :>

Not a lot else to say here. It's taken me a while to write this journal up, and I've surprised quite a few people by saying "oh, I've been working". I just haven't felt like writing in here.
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