5 reasons why IT is so interesting
I wrote a post early in my blogging career entitled, 5 Reasons why IT is so dull. This was a bit tongue-in-cheek as I believe Information Technology can be fun and interesting whether it is your career or only(!) an increasing part of your social and connected life.
With feedback from kind readers I can now produce a revised list. Ok, so there is still a Public Relations and perception problem and there are barriers-to-entry, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. So here is a different list, hopefully more positive, inclusive and inspiring for anyone thinking about a career in IT or who otherwise feels disengaged from such a big part of modern life.
(1) A broad church (no not Broadchurch!)
Information Technology is a broad church; male and female, tech nerds and creatives, even people-people can work and thrive in the industry.
(2) Don’t just consume, create!
OK, a lot of the work can be desk-based and there is screen time, but most jobs that used to be called ‘white collar’ have that, and so do a lot of occupations that were traditionally manual. At least in the IT industry you feel that you are actively contributing to building something valuable and not just a passive user or consumer of the technology.
If you find your gadget (maybe the one in your hand now?), your desktop application or web page frustrating and not very user-friendly, and think you can do better, then IT might be the place for you.
(3) Catch the wave
Technology is changing very quickly and it has, and will continue to, destroy some jobs, and change others beyond recognition. Being inside the industry, with a willingness to adapt and learn, doesn’t make you immune from the effects of change but it could give you options to stay one step ahead.
I think we all feel intuitively* that there is no such thing as a job for life anymore. But if you want to be ahead of the curve in any industry then your portfolio has to include an awareness of IT and enough skill and knowledge to be in the game.
(*Ed. or know from bitter experience)
(4) Geeks need not apply
Despite the nerdy and geeky perceptions of working in IT, it can offer a very creative and interesting environment. In fact, there are a lot more roles in the periphery of the ‘hard’ technology that involve people, not programs, helping to translate needs into solutions, and using a broad range of communication and ‘soft’ skills. In fact, I would go as far to say that we need more right-brainers and left-handers in the industry; being creative and tech-savvy, now that’s a winning combination!
For example, every piece of consumer electronics needs to be designed and it must meet the Customer’s and User’s needs and expectations. This doesn’t happen by magic. Designers, usability experts, trainers, business analysts, project managers, architects and testers can all be part of the team without writing a single line of code between them!
(5) Talk the talk
IT-speak and jargon can seem daunting to outsiders, but that’s typical of a lot of industries, professions, and any place where people congregate and share a common interest. With IT elements I am trying to inform, demystify and debunk some of the simpler concepts that you might find working with or in IT.
Who knows, once you start to understand more of the esoterica, you might even start to feel part of the in-crowd and want to become a more active member of a project team, or even embark on a career in IT!
Thank you for your comments and feedback on this post. Let me know what else you find interesting about IT and technology.
(c) 2015 Antony Lawrence CBA Ltd.