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.
Cassandra Anderson stumbled into the technology industry while working in an adolescent drug rehab center that needed an upgrade to its phone and computer systems. “In working with the local phone installer, I realized the technology fascinated me,” she said.
She impressed the company with her questions and people skills, and later they asked her to come aboard as a customer trainer. “I made the switch and after 18 years — and so many wonderful positions in the technology industry — I have never looked back,” Anderson told us during her 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.
The industry’s constant evolution is what keeps her engaged. “There are always new products and concepts to learn and share. I have the opportunity to help businesses improve and to make a difference,” she said.
She encourages women to look at technology as not just technical, but as a creative way to change the world. “We can make change,” she said. “One solution at a time.”
What interesting places has your tech path taken you?
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