Saturday, April 5, 2008

So I got the Foxconn job and I accepted their offer! That means that in July I'll be moving to China for the next 6 months to a year. And my hiring would still be contingent upon whether I could pick up Mandarin Chinese before I leave. I can't believe that I'll be moving to China this summer. It scares the crap out of my even more now that I've actually accepted the offer. I mean I don't even know what to say. The benefits are awesome and I don't have to pay for rent, food, or transportation when I'm there!

It's kind of crazy to think that my job hunt is done. I mean I've been on about a dozen interviews and this is my first offer. I don't have to apply any more jobs. That means no more cover letters or writing resumes. Now all I need to do is pass my classes and graduate.

I need to go celebrate.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

So I had a second on site interview with Foxconn Electronics today. I had been preparing for it all week because they wanted me to make a technical presentation. The funny thing is I've NEVER used powerpoint before today. I had to build a powerpoint from scratch. I even went out and bought one of those laser point/clickers that wirelessly advance slides.

Normally I wouldn't spend so much time preparing for an interview, but this is no ordinary job. For this particular program, I would be going to China for six months to a year before working in the US. It's crazy. I know. I think the interview went pretty well actually, but then again I always think my interviews go well. I suppose I should be excited because I have a good feeling about how it went.

However, to be honest, it scares the crap out of me. I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like be in China for that long. I guess I'm a bit of a wuss in that sense. I'm afraid of how homesick I would get to be away from home, friends, and family in a foreign country. It seems a bit absurd considering six months to a year is not that long, and considering that with phones/email/chat communication isn't a problem. I guess I'm very rooted in that sense. I have strong connections to my home, friends, and family. Believe it or not, I got crazy homesick during freshman year. I had never been on my own till I got to college. I mean now it has been four years and I've become more independent though.

In the end, if I get offered this job, I think I would HAVE to take it. I mean how could I pass up a once in a lifetime opportunity like that. It's a unique opportunity to live/work in a foreign country, especially in China. It would be my first trip to Asia and it would be awesome to pick up Mandarin Chinese. I can only imagine how invaluable an asset it would become for any future job.

Oh and let's not forget the awesome pictures I could take :)