What Does The Real World Look Like? Essay

1183 Words Dec 10th, 2016 5 Pages
But what does the real world look like? This question is so ambiguous that it has become a canned question that stumps some interviewers. Based on my three internship experiences (though diverse across location and industry), a more realistic answer of what a software engineer does instead of just reading a spec and working with teammates from a solid 9-5 (or 10-6) is this. The engineer gets in the office, opens Outlook, and proceeds to get inundated by emails sent while he was eating dinner or waking up. These are typically emails such as “the team has reviewed your code and it’s been approved for a merge with the main version of the program” or “the recent merge involving your code has caused the entire service to collapse, we’ve rolled back the version and are rushing for a hotfix”. These emails generate responses ranging from no emotion to running to the closest liquor cabinet. Around noon the team performs a daily standup where they report what was done the day before and what should be completed by end of day. There’s lunch and then until end of day the rest of the time is spent with other teammates solving problems or occasionally creating some more. Occasionally, there will be meetings with project managers to ensure that the team is on the right velocity to finish implementing a certain feature within the next couple of weeks or with QA engineers to figure out how to test a certain component of the code. There might be some time left to play ping pong.
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