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I'm at my internship right now, got the assignment done early, my mentor is busy, so I do nothing but pass time. This internship is boring. So what do you guys do during your free time at work, assuming you have some? Just roam around internet? Bother co-workers? Prono? This topic is stupid. But I'm bored. I was thinking of enabling remote access to my mac, so I can work on my projects during my free time here, but I haven't started to set that up yet, will do it tonight possibly. I hope actual job isn't this boring.


regards, D.Chhetri

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I'm at my internship right now, got the assignment done early, my mentor is busy, so I do nothing but pass time. This internship is boring. So what do you guys do during your free time at work, assuming you have some? Just roam around internet? Bother co-workers? Prono? This topic is stupid. But I'm bored. I was thinking of enabling remote access to my mac, so I can work on my projects during my free time here, but I haven't started to set that up yet, will do it tonight possibly. I hope actual job isn't this boring.


regards, D.Chhetri


Check if you can get another assignment first of all, if you can't you can always read up on interesting topics, check with your boss/mentor if its ok if you work on some opensource project or similar during your downtime, anything that can improve your skills and isn't competing with / harming your company can be acceptable if you run it past your boss first.

Don't do anything without checking that its ok first though, if you work on personal projects while at work without permission your boss won't be very happy.

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Honest answer: surf the internet - visit gamedev.net, funnyjunk, youtube... etc. I also often eat, kid around with other co-workers, go for a walk to the supermarket, and space out thinking about my personal projects at home.

- I Doubt this helps!

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I never had an internship nor directly dealt with interns at jobs, but as the others have said I would think that asking for more work would be the best thing to do. Put on a good face and look productive to possible future employers. You don't want to give them the vibe that you are lazy and just want to do the bare minimum to get by.

As for me, to paraphrase Office Space I average maybe two hours of real work in a day. At the office I will just surf the internet, talk to other people in the office, play the office PS3, and if its one of the days I'm working at home I'll play regular PC games. As long as you get your stuff done taking some time to mess around a bit is a good thing. Staring at a computer screen filled with code all day will make you bonkers.

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I usually research related topics when I am waiting for something to build/compile etc. Been looking at various version control systems recently.. Or take the time to get away from my desk and quickly shoot some pool.

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If you want to make an interns salary for the rest of your life surf the internet. If you want to get promoted then ask your boss for a larger project that you can work on when you finish with your immediate duties. Ask him if it's ok if you help out other departments if he has nothing to do. Ask him if there's something he's doing that you can help him with to free up his time.

I always did this when temping and always got offered a job when I was done. It's also how I got my job now and how my intern got hired on full time.

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As above, bug your mentor! tongue.gif
In no particular order:
Read gamedev forums laugh.gif
Go for a coffee.
Read useless crap on the internet.
Chat with workmates.
Research new stuff that will actually help me in my job.
Porno?
At all the jobs I've worked at, this is the only thing I've ever seen people get fired for. Don't load porn on a corporate PC...

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Time you're not working? Man, I wish I had days like that. Currently I'm on the clock but not working, as I'm waiting for the team lead to finish up their morning notes and assign builds. At best I get 15 minutes in a day, and even that I usually use as part of my listed break times anyway.

Why would you stick around at a job that you didn't Want to do? (Beyond the obvious reasons of requiring money and what not,... Stupid money.)


At all the jobs I've worked at, this is the only thing I've ever seen people get fired for. Don't load porn on a corporate PC...


Or at the very least, don't load porn on a corporate PC assigned to you,...

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Gamedev.net.

Unfortunately, I have a nice but sometimes (especially now) extremely boring task: making a manual for a machine. *YAWN*

*YAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN*

So lots of Gamedev *YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN*

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Why would you stick around at a job that you didn't Want to do? (Beyond the obvious reasons of requiring money and what not,... Stupid money.)

Why would you want to breathe beyond the obvious reason of requiring air to live?

Not everybody has the privilege of being both skilled enough to do something they want to do and have jobs available to them.

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My bosses have all learned at various points in time that they have to keep me productive or I specifically become anti-productive. It's not just the absence of productivity, I mean a reversal of productivity already had. I start building medieval siege weapons out of office supplies (which invariably leads to something like a plate glass window getting broken), hacking security card readers in the lobbies, or starting office chair jousting leagues. One time, I built a flame thrower out of a paper towel tube, a ballpoint pen, and a can of compressed air. Between my general knowledge of how things work and my constant need to be entertained, if I'm not distracted by legitimate pursuits, I'm on the fast track to trouble.


What did you use the ballpoint pen for?

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[quote name='capn_midnight' timestamp='1306330084' post='4815590']
My bosses have all learned at various points in time that they have to keep me productive or I specifically become anti-productive. It's not just the absence of productivity, I mean a reversal of productivity already had. I start building medieval siege weapons out of office supplies (which invariably leads to something like a plate glass window getting broken), hacking security card readers in the lobbies, or starting office chair jousting leagues. One time, I built a flame thrower out of a paper towel tube, a ballpoint pen, and a can of compressed air. Between my general knowledge of how things work and my constant need to be entertained, if I'm not distracted by legitimate pursuits, I'm on the fast track to trouble.


What did you use the ballpoint pen for?
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just the tube that everything goes into. The paper towel tube got filled with the raw fluid from the can of compressed air. The pen tube was taped to the paper towel tube to make a tight seal. The reduction in tube diameter increased the stream pressure and made for longer flame shots. I was able to reach about 3 feet with it, which isn't very far but I'm dealing with office supplies here, and they're just lucky I didn't hit up the powdered creamer.

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I'd fire you lot if you were an employee of mine and NOT working :)

And don't give me the "I'm just waiting for the build to finish" nonsense - LOL !!!

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I'd fire you lot if you were an employee of mine and NOT working :)

And don't give me the "I'm just waiting for the build to finish" nonsense - LOL !!!


100% productivity is not possible. And for every day I'm goofing off because there is nothing to do, there are 2 days where I'm in the office for 12 hours at a time to support product deployments. If you're doing software dev right, it's not really 9-to-5 work.

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I don't disagree with you at all...still I'd like to *think* at least, that all my (former) employees were working and not surfing the web all day long.

As long as the work get's done on time and to the quality expected, and stays within budget....I honestly do not care what people do (as long as it's legal) :)

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To tell you the truth, this kind of thing happen a lot in a 'internship situation got wrong' environment.

i don't know where the OP come from, but there are countries where it's the goverment (read, your tax money) pay for the internship. sometimes goverment pay to the company, sometimes through tax deduction. The problem that lead to this is a) education people lack of touch with industry people (and sometimes, the main cause of this problem is the government regulatory body itself). b) the industry itself is in the "no experience = no job", and "i'll just poach whoever other company train, with better salary". and since starting salary could be low in certain sector, this is possible.

since neither is willing to solve the problem (university producing graduates that hit the ground running) or the industry to train graduates up to speed, goverment decided to solve the problem half assed way. they went - I'll pay for the internship. you just train them. but the industry, sees the money making opportunity instead of future employee opportunity, start saying "training cost us our time off our project, we need to be compensated". so the goverment not only paying the intership salary, but also paying the company monies, per head. limited to ten per company, and internship of up to 1 year.

so a company have be paid to "train" ten person for a year. there are companies that care. there are companies that don't. those that don't are the one that assign you photocopier job, cofee job, filing job, etc.

without naming names, there is a person i know who read book on the free time. he asked for extra jobs, but:

a) currently there's none, aside the photocopy, filing, make cofee / tea.
b) they will not let you touch the main project, especially when they know the quality for fresh grad, and how out of touch they are
c) they just want you to sit on a chair, so that they can collect their monthly training fee. and that's that.


to OP, actual job is not boring, and you will NEVER have a free time, trust me. Heard of stories of EA spouse? Yeah, that's life. Recently there is a guy quitting MMO development article. And there are comments on that article. That is real job. Trust me, the moment the boss know that you can get a job done, you WILL never run out of job. Jobs you get done equal profit to the company, and who doesn't like profit?

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[quote name='GregMichael' timestamp='1306346682' post='4815692']
I'd fire you lot if you were an employee of mine and NOT working :)

And don't give me the "I'm just waiting for the build to finish" nonsense - LOL !!!


100% productivity is not possible. And for every day I'm goofing off because there is nothing to do, there are 2 days where I'm in the office for 12 hours at a time to support product deployments. If you're doing software dev right, it's not really 9-to-5 work.
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Yeah, my 'only working two hours a day' comment is slightly in jest. There are some days where I do mess around more then I work but I more then make up for it with the 10-12 hour days when something critical has to go in. There is a reason why I'm the go to guy when something important needs to be done.

By the same token my office does encourage some messing around. Otherwise there wouldn't be a PS3 hooked up to a 60" TV or the vast array of Nerf artillery sitting around the office. Much the same way that Google has their rec rooms on campus. 100% productivity everyday is going to quickly burn you out.

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[quote name='capn_midnight' timestamp='1306347012' post='4815696']
[quote name='GregMichael' timestamp='1306346682' post='4815692']
I'd fire you lot if you were an employee of mine and NOT working :)

And don't give me the "I'm just waiting for the build to finish" nonsense - LOL !!!


100% productivity is not possible. And for every day I'm goofing off because there is nothing to do, there are 2 days where I'm in the office for 12 hours at a time to support product deployments. If you're doing software dev right, it's not really 9-to-5 work.
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Yeah, my 'only working two hours a day' comment is slightly in jest. There are some days where I do mess around more then I work but I more then make up for it with the 10-12 hour days when something critical has to go in. There is a reason why I'm the go to guy when something important needs to be done.

By the same token my office does encourage some messing around. Otherwise there wouldn't be a PS3 hooked up to a 60" TV or the vast array of Nerf artillery sitting around the office. Much the same way that Google has their rec rooms on campus. 100% productivity everyday is going to quickly burn you out.
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I agree on that one. Serious burn out will NEVER give you your energy back. No matter how long you rest. No wonder some actually committed suicide.

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I want to point out that if you work on your personal projects while at work, your company can legally own whatever you are working on.

Not something that you want to have happening if you plan on selling your personal project later on.

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