IT菜鸟魔都育成计划(一):找实习这档子事儿

# 从这篇开始,将会陆续发表一系列在魔都上海实习和工作的日志,以记录个人成长,并分享心得经验。系列定名为《IT菜鸟魔都育成计划》,标题耸动且魔幻现实主义,实则一名刚入行的挨踢菜鸟,以一个新人的姿态对这个行业充满好奇的洞察与观望。有些东西,资深前辈不屑说,新手菜鸟只能磕磕碰碰摸着石头过河。故而趁记忆尚属新鲜,略做整理,供来者可追,造福下一代IT菜鸟、绿坝少年。

# 今天先回忆一下找实习这档子事儿。

我的大学专业是设计学院下属的广告学系,系里的规矩是,前三年学完全部课程,到大四专门供学生实习,以尽早适应这个关系复杂的社会、这个人事更迭频繁的行业。

于是很多同学在大三暑假,甚至整个大三下学期,都已在开始设法寻找实习机会。

身在广告系的好处是,要涉猎的内容很多,从创意、设计到营销、公关,从市场调查到用户体验,并且还要有一定的心理学和社会学基础。因此,可能的就业门路也相对广泛。

我个人对这些内容很感兴趣,因此一路走来也算顺风顺水,学有所得。然广告公司并非我所真正想往,尽管我欣赏广告公司天马行空创意迭出的活跃氛围,但个人爱好在于计算机和互联网,平日大量接触各类网络产品,乐在其中。因此,我将个人职业目标定在互联网产品,或是产品的网络营销这方面,算是很好地结合了专业+兴趣。

(BTW,UCDChina 这个网站及他们出版的《UCD火花集》让我对这个行业的工作有了初步了解,苏杰的《人人都是产品经理》及其博客也为IT菜鸟入行打开一扇管窥之窗。)

大三之前,我以个人博客为网络名片,被一些从事IT行业的朋友所认识。社交网络里,我尝试过用人人网、淘江湖、开心网去刻意认识一些朋友,但结果一般,中国网民还是较倾向于娱乐。我在以商务SNS作为定位的若邻网和LinkedIn均有账号,充其量只是混了个眼熟。真正为我带来潜在机会的,是同步控,这个我在大二下学期开始进行的实验性个人网络项目,一个关注同步技术和工具的主题博客。尽管切入口小,受众窄,但因为内容高度细分,因此面向的读者都是具备一定专业知识和行业地位的朋友。这在现在看来,算是我建站之初没有想到的意外收获。

本学期,我原本打算在五月启动寻找实习计划,配合当月上映的《钢铁侠2》,试图将自己的个人特质与这位很有技术含量的超级英雄结合,作为个人简历的总创意(我是科幻电影和超级英雄爱好者)。谁料整个学期都很忙碌,直到五月底才终于从繁重的课业和个人事务中抽身,钢铁侠神马的早不新鲜了。

5月26日,我通过博客发表了一篇《寻实习》,大致介绍了个人情况和对实习工作的期望。个人博客的影响力毕竟有限,于是我又在同步控上发表了两篇文章(《五月热文排行》《世博之旅与FourSquare》),算是假公济私,硬中带软。后者登上了玩聚的准上榜热文,取得了一定的曝光量。

我还在两个博客的RSS中,增加了一行文字链接(使用 WordPress 的 Better Feed 插件)“博主正在寻求实习机会”,并链到那篇《寻实习》。微博客和豆瓣也没放过,更新了几条寻实习的信息,但没有大量刷屏,以防给他人造成信息负担。

很快地,我就收到了回音。给我发来实习邀请或是机会推荐的邮件,有来自电子商务公司、互联网广告公司、通讯技术公司、网络互动娱乐公司、互联网产品创业团队等。

在此之前,《名博是怎样炼成的》《正在爆发的互联网革命》《我是一只IT小小鸟》这几本书,让我感到了互联网增幅个人价值和品牌的可能性。我也一直在努力实践,渴望投入有所回报。事实证明,博客和社交网络的确为我带来了被发掘的机会。很幸运地,我没有主动投递过一封简历,就获得了他人渴望已久甚至梦寐以求的公司的实习机会。

最终,经过慎重比较,结合个人兴趣方向和知识结构,并综合考虑处理学校期末事务的需要,我放弃了几个不错的机会,最终将重点意向放在了地处上海浦东的盛大网络。毕竟,上海无论离家(江苏南通)还是学校(江苏无锡)都比较近,往返方便,且接近过去二十年我的生活习惯和社会认知。盛大的气质和活力,以及实习岗位的工作方向,也是我个人极为向往和充满热情的。

找实习的过程大致经过如此。下回且听,面试这档子事。

总结一下找实习过程中的经验心得:

1、及早确定工作意向。如果是本专业,那么就不要满足于课堂知识,在课后拓展知识面。如果非本专业,但与本专业课程有联系,那么找到一个契合点与平衡点,能将二者完美结合的工作最好(当然,也要充分发挥个人的差异点)。如果完全与本专业无关,那么找到你真正想做的,在课堂之外尽力自学。

2、有意识地积累人脉。特别是有志于互联网从业的大学生,如今网络如此发达,个人建站成本也不是很高,任何人都完全有机会在网上更好地表现自己,争取话语权,建立电子简历。当然,个人品牌的建立是长期和有意识的过程(从投入到略获回报的周期至少在一年以上,在此期间尤其强调苦练内功),缺乏持之以恒精神的话,趁早歇着。

3、争取话语权。对于草根而言,在网上获得话语权的方式自然不及名人般水到渠成,需要依靠努力。很多人都有个人博客,但依我看,聚集和引起一批专业性读者关注的方法,并非个人博客,而是主题博客。在你擅长和感兴趣的领域找到切入点(尽可能细,他人没做过,君不见现在各类发掘网络奇趣应用的网站已经俯拾皆是,国内以同步为专攻方向的博客,目前仅同步控一家)。然后,耕耘吧,过程是艰辛的,但一旦迎来爆发点,后续的反哺会让你不后悔曾经的付出。

4、天助自助者。那些获得他人帮助的人,往往是在此之前常常无私向他人提供帮助的人。

5、花三年时间来写简历,跟花三天时间来写简历,毕竟不一样。

文末特此感谢:

盛大、淘宝、华为、华扬联众、玩转四方等公司。

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  16. 我花了2年时间写。。。效果果然不如3年~
    Just soso,还没死,还有很多进步空间
    向你学习~

  17. 大哥,偶像啊~!我到现在还不知未来如何走,专业非我爱

  18. @xdash, 前途无量还需无数汗水啊哈哈,对于我这个大大大菜鸟来说需要有好多的~大概面对方向不太一样,不知道该怎么问,可以的话可以加入一些魔都IT业或张江园区的大致情况吧~说实话张江耳闻已久了呢~还有就是IT公司譬如盛大对我们这些未来程序员的实习入职要求之类的~(希望可以打听到~)因为不知道前辈是否从事的是产品的什么方面的工作,策划或者编码什么的也不好定论了~先这些吧~还有,这里回复的时候表格和按钮不见了是怎么回事?还是我个人的问题?

  19. 话说,最后一句让我深以为然,花50个月的时间准备1家公司的面试,好过花5天准备一家公司的面试,要好~嘿嘿

  20. 居然还没人回复。同是广告专业却不想走文案方向的向你表示仰慕 。我会一直关注你的,实习可能会很忙。希望你能坚持住,抽空来写这套计划,将有更多人受益!

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