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I was looking for a job... - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
j4
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I was looking for a job...
The man from UCLES emailed to say that they didn't want me for the job I applied for, but they'd be interested to talk to me in the New Year about another potential job that's coming up. They're interested in my ICT skills, apparently... I hope this doesn't mean that they think I'm actually a programmer. (I'm not, and I don't want to be.)

The university Temporary Employment Service might have some work for me, starting in the New Year -- working as a filing clerk for the Development Office, full-time for approx. 1 month in the first instance, paid £6.06/hr. Doesn't sound terribly exciting; on the other hand it wouldn't be ProQuest, which at the moment makes it a tempting prospect. I've told them I'll think about it & get back to them tomorrow; I don't really know whether I should take it or not. I guess ProQuest would probably take me back after a month if I decided the temp stuff was even worse, though.

As for ProQuest ... this afternoon they threw 900+ lines of somebody else's Perl at me and said "Can you look at this script and make it deal with a completely different dataset, please? Oh, and we want a different sort of output as well." No, I can't. I don't understand the script, I don't have time to learn the stuff I need to know because they want this done by yesterday, but they won't take no for an answer. ("It should be really simple, can't you just change the names of the fields in the script?") The reason they want me to do this in the first place? They don't want to have to pay for a software engineer's time for this work. (They don't seem to be listening when I point out that a software engineer could probably make the fixes in 10 seconds, whereas it'd take me weeks to get my head round it.) The guy who wrote the script in the first place got made redundant in September.

I hate this place.

Current Mood: miserable now

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simonb From: simonb Date: December 17th, 2003 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
They're interested in my ICT skills, apparently... I hope this doesn't mean that they think I'm actually a programmer. (I'm not, and I don't want to be.)

Given that ICT these days normally means actually running day-to-day stuff (I'm in an ICT department), probably not. After all, coders normally get put into the Engineering or Development areas.
j4 From: j4 Date: December 17th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Given that ICT these days normally means actually running day-to-day stuff (I'm in an ICT department) probably not. After all, coders normally get put into the Engineering or Development areas.

I hope they don't think I'm a sysadmin either... or in fact anything seriously techy at all.

I can use computers. I can write simple data-mangling Perl. I can beta-test things, and can usually break them in ways that nobody else has managed to break them before. I can talk about how people use computers (though only from experience rather than from any training in psychology/HCI/UI design/anything useful like that). I can even show people how to use computers, provided they actually want to learn (I'm not good with people who just flap their hands and say "It's all too complicated, why can't I just do it by hand?").

I just hope they don't need anything more technical than that kind of thing...
From: angua Date: December 17th, 2003 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
My advice is go for the temping. Times can be hard doing it sometimes but you're safe in the knowledge that if it's too shit you just walk out.

If after Xmas you want me to introduce you to Office Angels I'm happy to do that for you too.. they tend to give more work to people they know I think and they like me so they should like you too :)
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