Software Engineer (Male, Age 23) in Houston, TX

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job TitleSoftware Engineer
Salary$55,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week40
Company Size(not answered)
LocationHouston, TX
Years Experience1 year

Career Ratings

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Years in Career0
Education(not answered)
Income Rating0 / 10
Interest Rating0 / 10
Work-Life Rating0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating0 / 10

Table of Contents

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
We sell hardware/software associated with high speed data recording.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I work on custom programming projects for customers. I also deal with the shipping and preparing of hardware and software for customers.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Medical, Dental, 401k

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel like I am well compensated for what I do.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes. It is a nice feeling being able to work with an interact with other people. The job becomes less repetitive and more interesting.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Yes

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Yes

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I love working in my brand new office. I have more privacy and have more space to be organized.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 2
Benefits: 5
Hours: 8
Co-Workers: 3
Supervisors: 4
Job Title: 7
Level of Responsibility: 6
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8amDrive to work.
8am to 9amCheck Email. Respond to any pending emails. Review and update my task list.
9am to 10amPrepare any hardware that needs to be shipped. Test hardware through procedures.
10am to 11amPerform any testing necessary for customer support questions. Respond to customers.
11am to 12pmGoto Lunch.
12pm to 1pmWrap up preparation of hardware. Write up the paperwork. Prepare hardware to be shipped.
1pm to 2pmMeeting about the main project. Discuss the progress and go over the design.
2pm to 3pmBegin working on main project. Work on the design. Write documentation. Check mail as it is received and respond to any support issues.
3pm to 4pmContinue developing the software for the main project. Update the documentation as necessary.
4pm to 5pmCheck email and respond to customer support emails.
5pm to 6pmUpdate time sheet. Check last minute emails and respond.
6pm to 7pmN/A
7pm to 8pmN/A
8pm to 9pmN/A
9pm to 10pmN/A
10pm to 11pmN/A
11pm to 12amN/A

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Through my university career services website.

What was the application process?
I submitted an online resume.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I had to goto two interviews. The first was a screener process with my supervisor. The second was an interview for the actual job with the VP and President.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
A lot of technical questions were asked. Also about my organizational skills.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
No, they kind of just through me into the job hoping that I would pick up experience along the way.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
No, there was no training. I began my job starting on an actually customer project.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
No, I realized that college does not really prepare you for the daily tasks at work.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
N/A

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
He/She needs to have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
They must be well organized able to handle a busy schedule.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Take notes on everything you learn because you will have to go back to it some day.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I always wanted to work in the technology sector and I feel I am gaining quality work experience.

What are your current career goals?
Ideally, I would like to get into the gaming industry but working anywhere in the computing industry is sufficient.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
N/A

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

TitleLengthSalaryDescription
Prior Job 1Teaching Assistant2 yearsN/AAided students with their homework.
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:4.375

GPASchoolDegree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.77University of HoustonComputer Science & Mathematics
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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