Entering final year of undergrad need job advice

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derpaNet

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Jul 3 17 Comments

I'm just about to finish off my 16 month internship at AMD and enter my final year of studies. I worked at the Markham campus in Ontario on the driver development team and implemented a decent number of features while improving existing ones. I was also involved in working on a lot of the new GPUs we’ve recently launched and making them launch ready.

Side note: TC is super poverty so lets not mention it

I wanted some advice on when to apply for jobs and how best to prepare for interviews while juggling a full course load in my final year.

I'm really interested in applying to Microsoft for their recent graduate software roles as well as Amazon for SDE I (or SDE II if I even qualify). Both companies peak my interests and are working on things I find really cool. So if there's anyone at either of those two companies that got in right after grad I would love your advice on preparing for the interview and when to apply.

Anyone else working at other companies feel free to chime in as well since I expect there's probably a decent amount of overlap.

Also an Amazon recruiter recently contacted me about internships for the fall term but I told her my current situation and asked about full-time positions to which she responded that full-time postings go up this Aug/Sept.

So this kinda has me worried, Aug/Sept seems pretty close for job applications and I feel like I need a lot of prep (i.e. reviewing major concepts, doing lots of LC, mock interviews, etc).

Overall I'm inquiring about:
1) When is the best time to apply to either MS/AMZN for recent graduate roles
2) Best way to prepare for them starting now in July and during school.

Thanks in advance!

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  • New / Eng rresoisnco
    One thing I did was save my advanced algorithms course for last semester so I was technically prepping for interviews while doing assignments. Two birds with one stone because you'll do well in course and get extra study time for interviews.
    Jul 3 3
    • AMD / Eng
      derpaNet

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      Damn I wish, I already took my algos class during 3rd year before applying for internships.
      Jul 3
    • New / Eng rresoisnco
      And take advantage of conferences and networking events during this time. There are lots of perks for students and lots of unlisted positions you may only get through connections
      Jul 3
    • AMD / Eng
      derpaNet

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      I’ll definitely try to go to the career fairs we have a good number of those where a lot of the top companies show up. Not sure of any networking events in Toronto.
      Jul 3
  • Amazon klulez
    Wrong: Both companies PEAK my interests
    Right: Both companies PIQUE my interests
    Jul 3 0
  • Google IvoryTower
    16 weeks or 16 months internship?
    Jul 3 6
    • Google IvoryTower
      So you have almost 1.5 YoE, in which case LC should be the only barrier
      Jul 3
    • AMD / Eng
      derpaNet

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      I hope that’s the case I’m planning on starting LC now.
      Jul 3
    • Google IvoryTower
      Yeah, I would study hardcore during the summer and then use whatever leftover time one has during next semester to prep
      Jul 3
    • AMD / Eng
      derpaNet

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      Would it make sense to apply right away in August/September when postings go up or later maybe perhaps November/December when I’ll probably feel more prepared.
      Jul 3
    • Google IvoryTower
      Apply right away. Large companies' recruiting cycles take weeks to months at minimum.
      Jul 3
  • Booking.com / Other
    Punani

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    Punanimore
    Get referrals if you have connections
    Jul 3 3
    • AMD / Eng
      derpaNet

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      Don’t really know anyone at those two companies that’s a full-time hire. I also read on blind referrals at Amazon/MS don’t really help for recent grad positions?
      Jul 3
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      Punani

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      Having referrals is always better than just applying online. Recruiters will pay more attention if you were referred. Otherwise less than 30s glance at your resume.
      Jul 3
    • AMD / Eng
      derpaNet

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      I’ll definitely try to see if I can find some referrals perhaps even through blind.
      Jul 3
  • Tesla / Eng swe_guy
    Hey I’m also ECE 1T9+PEY lmao, hit me up and we can chat!
    Jul 3 0