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What are the best career choices regarding technology ?

Im a junior in highschool that wants to do something with technology

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Barbara’s Answer

Learn to code! Programmers are always in demand.
Also, if you can help build a pc or upgrade a laptop hardware component, you'll be learning about the technology.
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Teresa’s Answer

I got into the technology industry right out of university. Outside of all things related to coding, there is also a need for folks in marketing and sales who understand the product/services that a tech company offers and know how to speak about the value that is delivered. If the product/service is intended to be sold to a technical audience (engineers, IT teams etc), then someone with a technical background can be the right skill set to interface with prospect and customers. As always, coding jobs be be in demand for the foreseeable future, but if it's not what gives you joy, know that there are other ways to leverage your skills via other functional teams.
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Gregory’s Answer

Most people default to technology == coding, but there are so many different paths in technology that deciding what you want to do can be confusing.

Some broad strokes of other skills that are really valuable in technology:

* Are you good at explaining how to solve a problem to people? Support or Document Writing
* Do you always run into bugs in software or find weird ways to break it? Software Testing aka Quality Assurance (QA)/Engineering(QE) or Information Security aka InfoSec
* Do you have a knack for simplifying things and making them easier for others? UX (User Experience)
* Are you great at understanding how software works and making it run? Support, Release Engineering, or Systems Operations/Systems Engineering
* Are you good at organizing things and keeping projects on track? Project Management/Scrum/Agile
* Are you good at talking to people and understanding what they are thinking, but then communicating that to others that don't understand? Product Management
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I am glad to hear that you are interested to work in Tech. In fact, there are different roles in Tech, e.g. Development (Coding), Application Support, Network Support, System Administration, Database Administration, etc. All of these careers have their own knowledge domain and specialty.
Below is my suggestions :
1. Find out more on different careers in Technology. There are plenty of resources online
2. Speak to someone who are working in these careers if possible. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counsellor, your parents , etc.
3. Shortlist 1-2 roles you would like to pursue.
4. Explore the entry criteria of relevant subjects in the college
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Mara’s Answer

There is also the option to work at a technology company in a less technical roles. Some common roles that major technology companies have are
- Sales
- Solution Engineering
- UX Design
- Product Management
- Program Management
- Recruiting
- Enablement
These roles still require an understanding of the technology that the company creates/sells but can be attractive for those not wanting to code!
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Linda’s Answer

I'd recommend you look for an internship at a technology company so you can see first hand what types of jobs (product development, engineering, technical support, variety customer facing technology jobs, project management, marketing in technology) that you may gravitate towards. There is a variety of technology companies that will take free help/mentorship so that you can get exposed and that will help you figure out what is a good fit for you. These days, there may be even Virtual opportunities for exposure as well to not limit you to what is physically near you. There is nothing like real world exposure to help figure out what resonates with you or to help you narrow down what department or group you want to work with/for.

Linda recommends the following next steps:

I'd also recommend you reach out to all the people that your family and friends that work in technology and see if they can get you into their companies for this exposure. Most people are always willing to help the next generation!
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Madhuri’s Answer

Technology has several domains - Front End, Back End, Data Science, Data Engineering, Research & Development, Analytics, Security etc. There's an option to specialize in one of the domains and become a Subject matter Expert or consider learning across a few domains to become a full stack engineer (e.g: Front End + Back End).

Here's also a good resource to checking out leading programming languages and trending jobs in 2022 - https://spectrum.ieee.org/top-programming-languages-2022. Reading up and trying out tutorials in these languages may help identify areas of interest that can then influence the decision of the choice of technology domain.

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Vikram’s Answer

UX (user experience) writing. It pays well, and the market for UX writers is relatively less saturated than for UX designers (ie, there's relatively less competition for jobs).

For more info: www.uxwritinglibrary.com
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