Jobfair at CVUT - survey results

The OpenSolaris seminar that Robert wrote a post about wasn't the only interesting event that took place on the 12th of March.

This day was dedicated to the Jobfair, where companies from different areas (IT, telecommunications, engineering, ...) present themselves to the students, providing them information about possible job and career opportunities.

Sun was also there, informing students about open job positions for graduates and especially for students that are still studying and are looking for a job position where they could work during their studies.

We brought a bunch of t-shirts, pens and stickers with OpenSolaris and NetBeans logo to give them to the students. But since we knew that the number of students coming to our stand would be much higher than the number of gifts we have for them, we needed to make it a bit harder to get the gifts. So we prepared a quiz and a survey. And it's what this post is about.

The quiz contained 5 questions like What does Sun in the company name mean?, What is ZFS? etc. We were quite surprised that many people were really able to answer most of the questions correctly, which means that they know Sun and our products. The most positive surprise was that many people mentioned MySQL in the answer to the Name at least 4 Sun software products question. This proves that students are aware of the events that happen in the IT industry.

While the quiz was more about fun, the survey was something more serious. We, as the Globalization group, were interested how important it is for the students to have their working environment in their native language. So we prepared the following questions:

Do you prefer software and environment in your native language or in the English language?

Which is your main operating system?
   
Which other operating systems are you using, where and why?

We got 40 surveys back and here are the results:

Do you prefer software and environment in your native language or in the English language?

 nativeEnglishI don't use that
Operating system - command line
 7 (17.5%) 33 (82.5%) 0
Operating system - graphical interface
 16 (40%) 24 (60%) 0
Development tools
 7 (17.5%) 33 (82.5%) 0
Office suite
 21 (52.5%) 19 (47.5%) 0
Internet (web browser, e-mail client, IM client etc.)
12 (30%)  28 (70%) 0
Keyboard layout
18 (45%) 22 (55%) 0

To be honest, we expected the students to prefer localized software over English. Perhaps not for developer tools, but for general desktop applications (browser) or even office suite, we really thought that localized versions will get a higher percentage.
 
Which is your main operating system?

Windows XP: 60%
Windows Vista: 17.5%
Linux (any): 17.5%
unanswered: 10%

Don't be surprised by the sum being over 100% - some people have dualboot :-)
   
Which other operating systems are you using, where and why?

Here we were interested in the usage of (Open)Solaris. Solaris was mentioned 9 times (22.5%), all these students answered that they use Solaris at school.

Although the results were sometimes different than what we expected, especially when it comes to localized desktop and office applications, we need to remember that students are a very specific group with specific requirements. A similar survey made among ordinary office or home users would definitely bring different results.

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