a successful summer at IBM
This summer, I worked for IBM in Austin, TX and had an absolute blast. Not only was the work enjoyable, but Austin is an incredible city. Definitely more friendly to someone in their early twenties than say, Rochester, MN (where I co-op’d for IBM previously).
Without going into too much detail, I worked on a test automation team. Through the course of the summer, I designed and built a test suite composed of approximately 90 different functional test cases using Rational tools. While there was some learning curve, my previous experience with IBM POWER hardware from my previous co-op with IBM and my experience with the Eclipse Framework was invaluable. All in all, it was a great experience.
I’m sure though that if you talk to most graduate students in Computer Science, almost none of them will say they want a career path that is pure coding like I did this summer and I would tend to agree with that statement. For me at least, that is part of the reason that I am pursuing graduate school, because I want something more than just writing code for the next however many years. But in the future, I would love to come back to Austin in some capacity, hopefully for IBM again.