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What allowed you to pursue in the field of technology?

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Nancy’s Answer

Hi Izaac, great question! A little bit about my background is that I've interned in the fields of Data Analysis and IT Project Management. My bachelor's degree is in Business Administration, but what encouraged me to pursue the technology field was... trying it! My interest in tech sparked from a Management Info. Systems class during college, from which I searched and applied to internships that were relevant. From there, I began to narrow down what "type" of technology field I wanted to pursue (e.g. Data Analysis rather than Computer Science). Hope this helps! I've added some next steps for reference.

Nancy recommends the following next steps:

Research different fields of interest within technology (e.g. Programmer, Analyst, System Manager, System Developer, Database Analyst, IT Project Manager, etc.)
Figure out your resources - look online (LinkedIn, Handshake, Internships.com), within your school and talk to your teachers about your interests
Start applying to internships / job opportunities - can't figure out what you like without understanding what you don't like!
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Dino’s Answer

Isaac,

Bottomline, I made my decision based on the advice of my high school guidance counselor. As a sophomore, he suggested I take some computer programming classes because he felt "computers would be big..." lol. I loved those classes and they pushed me to learn more... and so when I applied to colleges, I ensured they had degrees in Computer Information System (CIS), Computer Science/Engineering, etc. I graduated with a CIS degree which positioned me to make an impact in the technology field!

Good luck!

Dino

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Rosemary’s Answer

My career wasn't straightforward. I have a BSc in Family and Community Science though I did love technology at that time. I did a few other technology and business based courses after that. I realised that I technology is the way to go as I was working in an IT company. I left my job and completed MSc Information Technology (Business). Towards the end of my masters, I really enjoyed research in the tech space which motivated me towards getting a PhD. My PhD is in Human-Computer Interaction. I worked in many domains during and after my PhD. My transferable skills and experiences since my bachelors helped me navigate the space. There are loads of jobs in tech and they pay well as many have posted here. However, like Sujal’s mentioned you need the motivation in your long term career. Without passion, motivation and dedication I won't have come so far in my career. Money cannot drive passion, interest and make you love your job.

Rosemary recommends the following next steps:

Keep an open mind and explore yourself to discover your interests.
Research on companies you like to work with. Start with LinkedIn and explore companies websites.
Do a couple of interships if time permits.
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Hanish’s Answer

Tech industry is a great place to be in! There are so many jobs and opportunities for you to pursue and it definitely helps that a lot of tech companies offer great benefits and compensations to employees. What allowed me to be in the tech industry is my love for computer science. I am a software engineer, I have a bachelors and a masters in computer science and the tech industry is the perfect place for me to be in because of my love for code and programming. Hope this help, good luck :)
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Sujal’s Answer

I was studying mechanical engineering. But, I got two jobs in software company during my campus interview and one of the company was offering more than double salary compares to another one. So, I got into that high paying company. Two things to keep in mind. 1) There are a lot more jobs available in technology and 2) It pays well. And money can solve a good number of problem. But, at some point of time in your carrier money may no longer interest you. Then you need to find your motivation. This motivation will take you long in your carrier.

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Jamie’s Answer

Before I chose a university major, I actually checked which field is in need including hiring potential and salary., as well as my personal strength. I was not in Arts because I don't like reading lots of books and write papers. So I chose Information Systems as my Major. I got to intern in a couple of companies before I graduate and was able to get a job at one of the companies I interned 3 months before I graduated! So do your research and

Jamie recommends the following next steps:

Do you research, incorporating info in the job market and your interest.
time your last internship closer to your graduation date!
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