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werken bij streamtech [Jan. 14th, 2009|11:43 am]
Lindsey Kuper

So much for the Streamtech internship idea -- I just got an email from their CEO in response to my application. "I'm afraid we have very recently had to conclude that, mainly because of immigration laws, taking on interns from outside the EU is no longer feasible for us. Unfortunately, you have caught us right between concluding this and updating the vacancy descriptions everywhere. My apologies for your wasted effort."

I don't know very much about immigration law, but I imagine that if they're affected, plenty of other companies are, too. That's really a shame for anyone in the rest of the world who might have wanted to work in Europe.

Luckily, I don't think my effort was the least bit wasted, since, funnily enough, writing code appears to be a good way to get better at writing code and applying for jobs appears to be a good way to get better at applying for jobs. (Speaking of which, my Google phone interview is on Friday!)


[User Picture]From: pixelherder
2009-01-14 05:31 pm (UTC)
That's too bad.

But their pile of exercises is still a neat resource at least..
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2009-01-14 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree! I want to tackle some more of them, but I got nerdsniped by Project Euler. And by, um, my homework.
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[User Picture]From: pixelherder
2009-01-15 08:55 am (UTC)
Yes, Project Euler is great. Over the holidays, I decided to give Haskell another try and thought that working Project Euler problems would be a good way to practice it. I finally started today -- they're quite addictive.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2009-01-17 01:49 am (UTC)
Addictive is the word for it. I was nervous before my job interview today, and I wanted to go grab Euler problem 7 (I've done the first six) and work on it as a way to calm down. But at that critical moment, projecteuler.net was down! I had to start the interview feeling like an addict without my fix.
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[User Picture]From: cola_fan
2009-01-14 11:55 pm (UTC)
I imagine it's hard to just go over to Europe or US and work from either side. Borders suck sometimes.

Unfortunately this means they miss out on lots of bright potential workers!

The way I've seen this avoided is to arrive as a student, or have your company call you a student if they have a university connection.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2009-01-15 11:28 pm (UTC)
applying for jobs appears to be a good way to get better at applying for jobs.

Yes, that's what I try to tell everyone. Don't send out one application and wait. You'll be disappointed. Get some inertia going, and send out a hundred.

I am AWESOME at applying for jobs :/
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