In previous posts, we defined the term “technologist,” a label that applies to people working in companies of all shapes and sizes across the country along a broad spectrum of industries – not just those that write software and make hardware. We explained that, while technologists have diverse interests and multifaceted personalities, most share five traits:
- A technologist thinks strategy first.
- A technologist has a passion for solving problems and a general sense of curiosity.
- A technologist sees technology in a constructive context.
- A technologist believes tech is about humans, not hardware.
- A technologist values respect, cooperation and collaboration.
John Holst knows firsthand the need to cooperate, collaborate and understand the human value of technology. The diversity of the people and their careers surprised him when he entered the technology industry. “I thought IT would be more like, alone, on a computer by yourself,” said Holst during his interview for Charles Eaton’s book How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education. “I realize now it’s a lot more collaborative than I thought it would be.”
Holst works with a variety of people to build websites and manage all content produced by his company. The most challenging part of his job is making sure that artists, designers, coders, marketers and project managers are all on the same page.
“The most rewarding part of the job is when we launch a piece of content or site and it launches well,” he said.
As the industry grows, more companies will need people to manage content and fix websites. That means job security for someone with people skills and a few marketable tech skills. “You’re always going to need someone to manage content or fix websites,” Holst said. “I think it’s always going to be a career that has stability and something I can rely on in my life going forward.”
What interesting places has your tech path taken you?
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