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.
Learning is a critical skill for all technologists because technology changes to meet new needs of people, businesses and processes. Curiosity, the desire to know why and how, often is the reason people choose tech careers. People who love learning can find fulfilling roles in all areas of IT, along with and avenues for learning.
Elliot Jobe didn’t start learning technology skills in a traditional classroom. Jobe started with an interest, then learned through online videos, tutorials and good old trial and error. He started his tech career building websites for friends, learning as much as he could along the way.
In time, Jobe backed up his do-it-yourself skills with a degree in web design. After years of building sites, he now specializes in the consumer experience, which means putting himself in the shoes of those using his company’s products.
“A lot of my job is speculative,” he told us when interviewed for Charles Eaton’s book, How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education. He must consider the types of phones and tablets people will be using in the next three years, for example, and plan for business expansion based on those speculations.
It’s the endless possibilities of the job that Jobe loves: “It’s fun to predict future problems and try to solve them.”
What interesting places has your tech path taken you?
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