in reply to Re: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills
in thread (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills
Okay, I'll grant appropriate dressing; that's something your parents were supposed to teach you when you were in gradeschool. The other things you list are all things you should have had in school, and if not your college cheated you out of a proper education. How on earth can you get a B.S. or B.A. without taking at least a couple of communication courses? Where I went to school, they called that stuff "Gen Ed", and you had to take it irrespective of what your major was. (Indeed, a public speaking class was even strongly recommended at my high school; it ought to have been required, but I guess you can only expect so much from public schools in the way of requiring things, since they have to find ways to let the kids through who don't want to learn anything.) Organizational skills, unless you mean something different from what I take the phrase to mean, are something you should pick up (if you don't already have them) from various classes in varioius subjects. You *did* have to organize group projects in classes like philosophy and literature, right? Right? Surely you at least had to organize your own time and put together coherent research papers out of nothing more than a vague topic. As for stamina, how better to learn that than through the peculiar blend of sleep deprivation, memorization, and critical thinking that is college?
What college doesn't teach you is how to read through somebody else's
poorly-written buggy disorganized code that only barely works and
grok enough of it to make changes without screwing things up even
worse. CS programs really ought to have a class in that. Debugging
and refactoring your own code is one thing; debugging and refactoring
somebody else's code is another thing altogether.