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Open source as an alternative �study abroad� experience?

Feb 10, 2011, 23:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"I'm going to spoil the surprise from the outset: the text below is taken from a random search result for "why study abroad," with appropriate nouns for FOSS work substituted. I was surprised at how few sentences I had to patch up to make the whole thing make sense.

"Multiple benefits accrue to those who spend significant time in open source, and a significant proportion of students see the experience as an important part of their college years. You're likely to have fun. But if you're also thinking about open source as a way to gain a critical career advantage, read on. You'll find that all contribution experiences are not created equal in the minds of employers.

"Employers are looking for graduates who can communicate well with others, both in person and in writing. They know the importance of cross-cultural understanding and an appreciation for different points of view. They gravitate toward students who demonstrate maturity, initiative, and creativity. All of these assets can be demonstrated through participation in open source communities, but it's going to be much harder to set yourself apart if you've taken the easy route."

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