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Continuous For Me

Posted on November 4th, 2005

I never did say the results of the initial phase of interview through Co-op. I’ve been asked so many times by so many people that I realized that I ought to just make a post about it.

Here’s a recap of what happened in the initial phase: I applied to a very scant fifteen jobs. Blame some combination of my ego and personal preferences. A large proportion of the jobs were cancelled. So it was looking like I had shot myself in the foot.

Then, two interviews materialized: TD Bank in Chicago and Morgan Stanley in New York. (Another one followed soon after: NVIDIA in Santa Clara, California.) I wasn’t really keen on the financial companies since my previous work experiences dealt with finance and I wanted to explore other fields.

All of the interviews went pretty well, and I was eager to see the results on ranking day. To my surprise, I couldn’t see what NVIDIA had done (i.e. whether they had offered me a job or otherwise) at all. Nor could I rank NVIDIA since they didn’t appear on my rankings page. So I emailed Co-op and wait anxiously for a response/resolution.

I checked back often to see if the problem had been fixed but, in fine Waterloo style, it remained broken. So, in holding out for an amazing experience in California, I didn’t take any action to the other jobs. Now that’s what I call shooting myself in the foot.

As a result of this mishap, I’m stuck in the continuous phase. Fortunately, there have been a good number of awesome job postings. Big companies like Apple, Morgan Stanley, and RIM have some interesting opportunities available.

Better yet is that there is a healthy number of jobs in Waterloo! Places like iAnywhere (of Sybase), RIM, SlipStream, and UW have jobs that intrigued me. So I hope that my chances of staying here are better this time around.

Perhaps the system bug was another one of those “everything happens for a reason” moments. Maybe I’ll get a more satisfying job this way? Or maybe I’ll end up (or stay) in a place where something important happens? I think that I’ve been learning to trust in God more and more as this continues to unfold.

In any case, I’ll try to put the latest and greatest on here. Stay tuned 🙂

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