heh when i first started, i didn't have a clue about this industry...strike and dip would've met with blank stares (and probably did for the first few months).

when i finished uni i interviewed at a number of different places before landing here, and at the time i was of the mindset "just get a job, any job". so i applied for any graduate/junior programmer position, including at bunnings (back-end stock management systems written in cobol), the education department (database programming), in-house financial systems for small businesses, and line of business tools. compared to most of them, working on mining/exploration software is a lot more interesting and challenging (from a mathematical/algorithmic viewpoint), so i think i actually got lucky.
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