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What job opportunities may be available for someone with my interests?

I like working with my hands. I like to fix computers, cell phones, anything electronic.
I am a high school senior and am interested in entering tech school to learn more about how to repair electronics. #electronics #repair

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Heather’s Answer

I personally work for Verizon Wireless, I do not necessarily have the same interests as you regarding fixing the phones, but I like being able to help people solve their problems. I know that there are many careers available within Verizon that could offer you the ability to learn and grow your personal skillset! The other really cool thing, is Verizon could help you achieve those dreams with our tuition reimbursement program and save you a lot of money in the long run! We are engaged with STEM, and that is just one of the areas we are invested in for the future developers of our world. Continue to research and find specifically what direction you want to go, and have those people in mind (your high school guidance counselor), that can assist with pointing you in that right direction! I personally went to college straight out of high school, medically withdrew after my first semester, and then took 3 years off. I have since gotten married, had my first child and then started my career with Verizon. In the last 4 years, Verizon has helped me pay for my Bachelor in HR. I have also worked full-time and added two more kiddos to my family. The company and my support system has just encouraged me and pushed me to be the best Verizon of myself. After taking 1 full year off of school, I am going back this fall to obtain my Masters in Business Administration with an HR emphasis. I NEVER though Verizon was going to be my career, but here I am. It all started with my love for helping people solve their problems with their phones.

Heather recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your school counselor
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Richard’s Answer

Hi Jordan,

There is going to be a tremendous need for skilled technicians and engineers. There is going to be a lot of automation in the near future. Companies are going to need skilled people to repair and maintain the equipment. It will be important to also learn some programing language . Today and in the future, many of the devices are software driven so it will be important to understand how to work with it.

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One of the best ways I have found to get into working with circuits is to look into making small projects using Arduino or Raspberry Pi boards. They are low cost and a good way to learn about IOT. A lot of the devices today are moving toward software based control. There will be input/output electronics but a large part of the devices will be software controlled. It will be important to learn software as well as hardware. There are a lot of good resources to learn Arduino such as www.arduino.cc. I also learned a lot about computers by fixing old computers that friends and family had lying around.
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Eric’s Answer

Hi Jordan,


I definitely agree with you, working with your hands is interesting and satisfying work. My recommendation would be to consider both learning to repair as well as taking business classes to open up a mobile repair shop. If you think about where technology was in 2000, with high school students just getting a flip phone to 2010 with the same students now needing laptops and having smartphones, to now having apple watches, iPads and amartphones, everyone is more connected. Being knowledgeable in how to come through in a pinch to repair these life needs is a great field that will only grow in the future. As well, owning your own business gives you freedom to make the rules, and go be where the customers are, especially when you are mobile.

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Talk to local smartphone repair shop OWNERS to gain knowledge on the industry
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Practice on a couple phones...broken phones are cheap(sometimes free) and kits are cheap as well
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