Two things happened today that really hit home for me.
Well, so a hot topic for me today was the fact that the judge in the NTP vs. Research in Motion case decided to not make a decision for now. This could be a big plus for Research in Motion since the patent re-evaluation results are just coming down the pipe. In any case, I was talking to the rest of the people I usually eat lunch with about the subject. We were reading the newspapers and one person asked me what a hedge fund was. I explained it to him and apparently I was showing a lot of enthusiasm. Basically, we talked a lot of business.
Okay, so from the very beginning I loved business and finance. I spent more than one of my summer breaks researching countless companies and buying fake stocks. It was a really enjoyable pastime for me.
When university came rolling along, I decided that the thing I loved most was computers. But in the back of my mind, I knew I didnâ€™t want to sit around and do research or programming all day. I wanted to be in business. So I told myself Iâ€™d take every opportunity to get into a business related field or perhaps even take a MBA or something. One person asked me at lunch today: â€œWhy didnâ€™t/donâ€™t you go into business?â€ Since I showed so much interest in it, she couldnâ€™t understand why I hadnâ€™t decided to do that instead.
And to be honest here, I thought about it more afterwards and I canâ€™t really come up with a straightforward answer. Sure I love computers and technology in general, but I donâ€™t know what Iâ€™d do if I werenâ€™t somehow involved in the business side of it. I guess subconsciously I had my sights set on a doctorate in something technology related. But perhaps Iâ€™m not cut out for that. Maybe an MBA would suit me better. Iâ€™m definitely going to have to think about it more over the next couple years. The thought hadnâ€™t crossed my mind in a very long time and only the prompting today at lunch brought it back to the forefront again.
Then in the afternoon, I faced one of the most ironic moments of my life so far. One person in our department (not a co-op student actually) was apparently working on her resume or something. I know, writing a resume to apply for jobs while working and getting paid by the current company. Thatâ€™s not really even the ironic part: she asked me what â€˜integrityâ€™ meant and to make up a sentence responding to a question regarding her work morals and ethics. It was all I could do to stop from laughing at her. Asking me about integrity and morals when everything she was doing was 100% the opposite of the meaning of those two words. If thereâ€™s somebody up there watching me, he/she must have been laughing hysterically. Needless to say, I did not make up a sentence describing her work ethics and sidestepped that portion of the question. I explained to her what integrity meant, but she didnâ€™t seem to catch the hint and continued working on her resume after I left.
How can you beat that sort of irony? Seriously?
[tags]research in motion, business, co-op[/tags]