T in STEM Guide
There's a Place in Technology for Your Teen
The second edition of Charles Eaton’s book, How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education is now available in English, Spanish and Kindle versions with a companion podcast. As an award-winning author, Eaton is also the CEO of Creating IT Futures, and executive vice president of social innovation for CompTIA.
“It’s tempting to see educators and technical trainers as the answer to launching your teen’s career in technology,” said Todd Thibodeaux, CEO of CompTIA. “But the secret isn’t just creating curriculum but creating inspiration. And not just in children, but in parents, too.”
“Our research, Teen Views on Tech Careers, shows that, in terms of advice on college and careers, teens rely on parents 2-to-1 over any other source, including teachers and friends,” said Eaton. In line with these findings, Eaton provides parents and other readers with practical counsel and resources in the T in STEM guide:
- Defining the role of a “technologist” in varied businesses and industries at companies large and small around the globe.
- Busting seven common myths about technology careers, such as “Technology is all about coding and math” and “To work in technology, you need a four-year college degree.”
- Scoping the level and depth of opportunity in the tech-related job market, an industry with more than half a million open positions in the U.S. at any given time.
- Providing pointers for recognizing traits in young students that suggest they will succeed in technology careers.
- Identifying“educational pathways”, such as makerspaces and boot camps, where motivated parents can place their tweens and teens today that will prepare them for tomorrow –and deliver some fun and entertainment in the meantime.
- Introducing readers to an array of diverse people working as technologists today, who followed a variety of paths to success.