Originally posted by Maxim Katcharov:
I'm graduating very shortly, and I'm currently looking for a job. I have very little idea of what I should expect, which is good in at least one way, since it prompts me to start what I hope will be an interesting topic on the subject of everyone's first programming-related jobs. So...
What was looking for and getting your first job like? What kind of company was it with? What advice would you like to have given yourself? What advice would you give someone like me, if things have changed since then?
I've worked for the sixth biggest company in the UK and I've been self-employed, and I can tell you that the mindset required to succeed in either is very different.
When you are older, maybe with a family and mortgage, the big company with a pension and perhaps better job security may appeal more.