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Hey all,

I'm currently finishing up in college and about to start a career as a software engineer. Apart from the experience I will gain in my job (should be primarily c++), I was wondering if there is any other experience someone might recommend I could gain in my own time to help my career advancement?

For example I've carried out academic research (physics algorithm stuff) and I was thinking of coding it up and contributing it to an open source project, does this sound like something that would impress a future employer? Maybe there are some 'rite-of-passage' type tasks that upon completion show a level of competency? Or maybe I should just read some books? If you were an employer (maybe you are), what would make a candidate really stand out to you?

Thanks in advance


p.s. I'm not planning to leave my current employer before I've even started, but I guess now is the time to work on gaining experience such as that which might be prescribed.

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Last Post by barryt
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hey
my advice would just be NEVER stop reading and NEVER stop certifying yourself and if you can contribute to the world by doing any open source stuff - why not
hope you enjoy your studies, reading and your work
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