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Is technology a bigger factor in our careers choice?

Asked Memphis, Tennessee

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Jennifer’s Answer

Updated Sacramento, California

My first thought is no, technology isn't the biggest factor in a career choice. The biggest factor in choosing a career is, will you like it?

Technology is everywhere and will only continue to grow and be a part of our daily lives. With that said, what ever you choose to do as a career, technology will always be a part of it. They key is - the technology is exciting if you like the work.

As one who has spent a few decades in a career I've learned, you really HAVE TO love what you do. Meaning on most days it feels like school recess. It's fun and you feel like your playing. We spend a lot of time at work, we need to have passion and happiness to want to go back everyday.

Jennifer recommends the following next steps:

  • Consider an interest you have and look deeper into the technology of that interest. Learn how the technology is designed and used. Then think about how much that technology would figure in if you chose to do your interest as a career.

Marilyn’s Answer


I found an interesting McKinsey Report here Of course the ratio of how important technology is to your career choice differs dependent upon the career, but it is safe to say that in today's world technology plays a regular role and can be an influence in all career sectors. Whether you are looking at an Art degree, which may require you to learn to use applications like Adobe Design suite or a doctor, which may require you to regularly update patient records online or even handheld laser tools. The good news is that technology as a whole is much more end user friendly than it was 10 or 15 years ago and the trend is end user-centric.


Kirtee’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

There are multiple factors you can consider while making career decision and technology can be one of them, but all other factors also have equal importance. If you are passionate about technology, then it is a great choice for your career, but if you are not, then you can keep technology as secondary.