A couple of years back, Creating IT Futures commissioned independent original research into what motivates teenagers to pursue technology careers.
The research uncovered an interesting fact: Teenagers look to their parents first for career direction and advice, before teachers or other adults. That’s true when careers involve technology, and even when teens seeking their parents’ advice are more comfortable using technology than the parents themselves.
For Charles Eaton, that revelation pointed to the need to better educate parents about potential career opportunities for their teenagers in technology, and to equip parents to credibly talk about tech career pathways. Which led to the publication of Eaton’s book, “How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education.”
“Technology is a vibrant, diverse industry bursting with career opportunities that are financially rewarding and personally fulfilling — and that are easier to seize than most students and parents probably realize,” Eaton says. “We developed this book to provide parents and their teenagers with practical resources and counsel about technology careers.”
Eaton is CEO of Creating IT Futures, a tech workforce charity founded by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global technology industry. He also is Executive Vice President of Social Innovation at CompTIA.
Eaton’s book just earned second place in the Best Business Book category of the annual International Latino Book Awards. Sponsored by Latino Literacy Now, it is the largest awards program in the United States celebrating achievements in Latino culture and literature. For 2019, the competition recognized 261 finalists in 95 categories.
In his book, Eaton encourages parents to capitalize on their influence by proactively discussing potential tech careers with their teenagers. Also covered in the book are:
- What a “technologist” role looks like in various businesses worldwide.
- Character traits that help people succeed in tech careers.
- Seven common misconceptions about tech careers.
- The enormous availability of entry-level tech jobs, and how teens can use an entry-level position to gain a “foothold” leading to more responsibilities and higher incomes.
- The educational and training pathways that can lead to certifications and jobs.
The T in Stem guide, second edition, is available through Creating IT Futures in English and Spanish versions and available on Amazon in print and Kindle versions.
Related Information from Creating IT Futures
- Second edition of Charles Eaton’s “T in STEM” guidebook for parents released (blog post)
- On Being a Technologist (Charles Eaton podcast)
- Being the MVP in your tech career (blog post)
- What IS a Technologist: Defining a Tricky Term (Todd Thibodeaux podcast)
- Teen views on tech careers (resource)