I already covered a lot through my presentation in class. You already know what Cube does. I talked about the work environment, full of guys cracking potentially inappropriate jokes at each other, eating good food, and working out obsessively. And, I mentioned my role, sales/marketing. I spent my first few days learning the ins and outs of sales. I worked on a pitch, practiced giving that pitch with all different possible scenarios, went on ride-alongs for demos with the senior sales employee, went on drop-ins with the senior sales employee, got everything (skype, salesforce) set up to begin cold calls, and along the way, had a conversation.
This conversation was just a casual one with another intern. I was just idly giving my thoughts about my potential career, future, and so on. In the mean time, the full time mobile engineer overheard and suggested that I switch to interning for him instead.
Suddenly, I was faced with a choice. Stay the path, and experience a summer full of cold calls, learn an important skill, and supposedly pick up some marketing at some point. And have a reasonable chance at full time employment with Cube, provided I excelled. Or jump headfirst into a field I only had limited experience in, but always a strong interest in. And with no chance at full time employment unless I turn out to be some sort of a programming prodigy.
As I usually do (I majored in PHYSICS?!?), I made the choice that led to the lowest chance of ever holding a job.
I’m an iOs engineer now. This’ll be interesting.