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Updated on Wednesday, September 17

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QUESTION: How important is side projects for CS majors? I went through first 2 years without knowing what "side project" is and focused solely on classes. Would really good grades make up for having no side project?

Also are there any open source projects recruiting?

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  1. It's literally the most important thing for getting the job. Side projects make up for lack of grades; it doesn't work the other way around.

    All open source projects are 'recruiting'/looking for contributions. Check out github.com

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  2. you have good grades? youll get a good first job, maybe not google/microsoft/apple, but then you will use that experience + good grades + hopefully some side projects to get into aforementioned companies

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    1. You can easily get a job at any of those companies with a combination of decent marks and interesting previous job experience. Marks aren't even that important but some places (I think Google does this normally) will have a marks cutoff just to get their resume load down to "manageable".

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  3. OP here. Additional question: if my goal is not to work in a company, but grad school and eventually a research position (a prof, for example). Does side project still matters as much?

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    1. Well, if you're looking to get into research, I recommend getting to know your profs ASAP and working with them.
      Depending on where you go for graduate school, marks might not even be that important if you can get great letters of recommendation from known professors.

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  4. May be or may be not, but they care about your GPA quite a lot in fact actually. May be GRE if you apply to the States I think

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  5. side projects help get you the first few co-op jobs but honestly they aren't that big of a deal later on because you'll already be 3rd-4th year. I still have my old side projects listed though, if they ever have time to actually ask about them, because by now, they all ask me about my job experience which already takes up a good amount of time.

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