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We've got a work experience kid in for a couple of weeks and he'll do anything you tell him to... He's was in the server room most of yesterday monitoring the network activity lights - he almost missed his lunch till we took pity on him.

We are bastards.

How bad was your first experience of work?

(, Thu 10 May 2007, 9:45)
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I did work experience with the sysadmins at Plymouth University.
They clearly didn't know what to do with me, so after showing me round, they gave me the strenuous job of installing Windows XP on a PC they didn't need, entirely to give me something to do. I pressed the few buttons I needed to do this, went for an extended lunch while it installed itself and downloaded various urgent updates, then returned and spent the rest of the day playing Flash games.

Next day I was given the task of manually updating the networking on about 300 computers through the Linux terminal. Worked my way around these in an hour or two (I essentially had to type in two commmands), then had a wonder through town, a fairly long lunch and spent the rest of the day teaching myself CSS and yes, playing Flash games.

Over the next two days I achieved high scores on Motherload and Defend Your Castle, and completed Fishy several times. I also learnt rudimentary JavaScript and XML and spent an enormous amount of time away on the pretext of eating a pasty.

Then, on the final day I got the privilege of going to off-site, where I installed motherboards into computers in the new media room they were building, and got to play with electric screwdrivers. I also watched heavy objects being moved around by straining geeks for an hour or two, but sadly wasn't allowed to help due to health and safety regulations.

A successful week, I think.
(, Fri 11 May 2007, 19:12, Reply)

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