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November 6, 2019

7 Myths Deflecting Teens from Tech Careers – Part 1

To work with technology, you have to be a mathematics wizard, right?


And you won’t go far in a tech job without a 4-year college degree in coding, correct?


Wrong on both counts, says Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures, Executive Vice President, Social Innovation, for CompTIA and award-winning author of “How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education.”


In an early episode of our podcast Technologist Talk with Charles Eaton, Eaton busts the first two of seven myths that can discourage teens from pursuing tech careers. During the first conversation of a 3-part series of podcasts, Charles debunks two popular myths about working with technology:


  1. Technology is all about coding and mathCharles signing wide IMG_0259

    Stories in the news about Silicon Valley and big tech companies – i.e., Google, Microsoft and Amazon – give an impression that most tech jobs involve high-level math and software coding. The reality is that only about 40% of IT positions require coding skills, counters Eaton, leaving much more opportunity for working with technology than many teens may imagine.

    “Computer science can be done without any reference to coding or other technologies; it’s a mindset, it’s about problem solving and understanding how computers work,” Eaton explains.

  2. To work in technology, you need a 4-year college degree

    While tech education can be a complex issue, the simple fact is a 4-year college degree program is not the only pathway to a job working with technology, Eaton stresses. Employers care more about business acumen and technical skill sets than level of education.


Click here to listen to this Podcast Flashback, just in case you missed the episode first time around.


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