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Why did you choose tech?

Tech is so new and coming. Why did you choose to go into the tech industry? #tech

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Nicole’s Answer

Great Question!
I like to say that tech chose me! I started down a path of Architecture and once we got into the computer classes I found that I enjoyed using the computer more than designing the building itself. From there I started with a company that has given me the opportunity to explore different areas of technology - all of which I have loved.
There are so many areas to explore I suspect I'll never stop being challenged and therefore interested in the journey!
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Lennert’s Answer

Because I love building cool stuff and showing it to people. Tech is a great way to do that, you're constantly learning new stuff and it's easy to improve and share your work.

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Ryan’s Answer

Hey Eldon,

Great question!

I love that the tech industry is always evolving and you have to continue learning for as long as you live. When you choose to go into tech, you choose to consistently learn, grow, and expand what you know about the word. A job in tech is a great way to get on the job skills because tech companies will continue to train, develop, and educate their employees. I started with a business degree and have learned more in two years at my tech job than I did in 4 years of college.

It's a great career path with endless possibilities.

Good luck and dream big!
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Patrick’s Answer

Thats a good question! back in the days, i just wanted to work with "computers". Later this meant for me to go down a path to get a technical background and then be able to actually work in a cool tech company. For me, the main reason is and was: it's never boring! tech changes very fast and has so many different sides to it, you never actually stand still.

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Desiree’s Answer

Great question, Eldon! I finished college without having a technical degree, but realized I was very interested in systems administration. The problem-solving part of it appealed to me -- I would be presented with a problem and need to research solutions or use my experience. It helped me be excited about my work!

As I learned more in my job, I was able to apply for new opportunities. Technology is great because there are so many free resources to learn and experiment. If there is something that interests you, I'd recommend exploring how it's made with sites like https://www.codecademy.com/. If you have the chance to intern or volunteer for an organization that uses technology, that could be a way of exploring it for yourself.

Desiree recommends the following next steps:

Explore free resources at Code Academy
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Catalina’s Answer

Hi Eldon! I chose to work in tech based on my interest in consumer technologies, design, and business. I studied communication and graphic design in college and wanted the experience to work with a global brand that would allow me the opportunity to explore multiple career paths. With the ability to work for a brand and business that everyday people interact all while helping to solve people's challenges there are so many different positions and roles you can explore.
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Sandra’s Answer

I'm associated with the tech industry (part of my job is to support my company's emerging technology solution) and what is very empowering about tech is how it helps makes the world a better place because it solves a challenge or a gap that society is facing. 2020 also accelerated adoption of technologies after people realized it made their lives easier. Technology will always be necessary and part of our lives and will evolve faster than ever!
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Katherine’s Answer

Great question! The tech industry is vast and offers so many options to contribute to building solutions that impact all aspects of life. Tech is not just about coding! Tech requires all work functions to be successful which allows you to explore many career options.

If you like creative people, fast moving industries, adapt to change, and you are a curious person you will enjoy a career in tech.

Katherine recommends the following next steps:

Identify what you are good at / your strengths
Align strengths with general career options (sales, marketing, HR, developer, etc)
Define what aspects of company culture are important to you
Research companies that align with your values / culture requirements
Take to people in the role and industry you are interested in
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Kim’s Answer

Hi Eldon ... I think Tech chose me. My degree was as a Social Worker and I ended up becoming a secretary in a printer manufacturing company. I was very curious about how the printers worked and spent a lot of time in the tech support department watching people fix them. As I moved forward in my career, I continued to learn more and more about computers and software. In conjunction with my people skills and my desire to help people, I eventually moved into tech support. The bottom line, for me anyway, it that is was something I was, and am still, interested in. I never intended to work in High Tech. I am fascinated by the constant change and growth of technology. Never a dull moment!

Kim recommends the following next steps:

If you can get a summer job or an internship somewhere that involves technology, you may have a better idea if it interests you.
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Giovanni’s Answer

Hi Eldon,

Tech is such a wide industry and many companies now fall into this category, from hospitality to medical support, the list is very long. From my experience, what all these companies shares is the goal of changing our life using technology (from hardware to software). In most cases, these changes are very disruptive and that was the main reason why I choose to be part of them. Making an impact to the everyday life of many people is very rewarding.

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Technology is evolving every year so there is still so much to do to make our lives better. I would suggest to pick one of your greatest passions (art, travel, medicine...) and look for tech companies that are playing in that field.
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Yeuk’s Answer

I chose tech because of the possibilities of creating and solving problems.

In my case, comp science led to fun graphics (games!), solving business problems (e.g., product pricing), running business (e.g., Customer Relationship Management), philanthropy (e.g., organizing volunteer efforts to help others).
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Ritesh’s Answer

For me, I love things that are logical. If and then. When things work this way, it's easier to understand and also develop. Also, when you really understand the working of things around you, it feels nice. To live in a world, constantly developing, it feels great to be able to contribute to the developments.

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Drew’s Answer

My work is aligned with my personal mission to empower others to reach their potential and embrace lifelong learning. Ed Tech has provided the opportunity to impact the lives of educators, students and schools by increasing their engagement with each other and solving challenges on campus.

Drew recommends the following next steps:

Contact a local chamber of commerce or search for tech companies in your area. Contact the president or ceo requesting an opportunity to learn more about their company with them or with someone they can connect you with. Do some research first so you understand the companies mission, markets and constituents.
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