Debunking the common myths about working in the tech industry.
There’s no denying the speed on growth and innovation that technology has experienced this last decade.
To its core, this industry contains businesses revolving around the manufacturing of electronics, the creation of software, computers or products and services relating to information technology.
Four of the tech’s giants — Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Google parent Alphabet — are collectively worth more than the entire economy of the United Kingdom. Investors value these companies at $3.5 trillion;
However, working in a tech environment does come with a lot of misconceptions. Today we are here to debunk some of them, with opinions coming from the source of our own crew.
Let’s start with a cliche: No, programmers can’t fix all your electronic devices.
Sure, having a computer science degree, or being in touch with tech terms, gives you an overview grasp on how the digital world functions. However, unfortunately, knowledge has its limits. The expectations being put on programmers that they have all the answers when it comes to tech-related subjects is absolutely ridiculous.
“Well you can help me with my code in this specific language then can’t you?”
Would you tell a hip-hop dancer to start hoping like a ballerina in the middle of a routine? I mean you could, but it would seem a bit of a bizarre transition, wouldn’t it?!
In any work environment, you adapt to the things you’re learning at hand. Sure, it can be possible to switch, but like all good things in life, it takes time.The fact that you’ve mastered a lot of abilities, doesn’t mean you’ve gotten the hang of them all.
Next time you ask your friendly neighborhood coder to fix/ help you with something, be aware of the fact that just like anybody else, they work on human level abilities as well.
Unless your IQ is over 140, there is no place in the market for you.
In any field, natural talent can become handy in giving you a head start. Yet, it encompasses only the first steps to what is a very long journey of continuous improvement.
Programming requires discipline and practice. You become good at coding by experiencing those bugs, through trial and error.
If you are dedicated and posses that problem-solving thinking, there is definitely a place in the market for you,
The geeky antisocial coder portrayed by the media.
Hollywood just loves to embark on stereotypes when it comes to creating complex characters. The portrayal of a programmer is no exception to that. But just like in any profession, in tech you have your introverted and extroverted employees too.
Yeah a lot of times the job is about being tight to the desk until you come up with a solution, but your community is part of the process.
We go out, have off time, socialize, and enjoy that good old leisure as well. It just so happens that we enjoy writing some software programs too.
After some years of experience, you become a pro.
It doesn’t matter the age, maturity, or expertise level; our crew agrees that technology runs and progresses fast. There is no determined line that you can achieve and where you can start taking things slow. The more you learn, the more you understand how much there is still left TO learn.
In this race of innovation, you need to continuously progress with the industry as well.
Some stereotypes that are actually true, to an extent.
Your data is being used, constantly.
Being “insiders” has taught us that truly, companies have all the dirt on our day to day activities. Once you give away that email or fulfill that form, be certain that you have given away more information than you think.
Be aware of the privacy regulations and what you choose to share. Learning more on GDPR (general data protection regulations) and your rights as a citizen can help you make better decisions regarding data sharing.
“Sleep is for the weak”.
It certainly depends on the person, but a lot of times all-nighters are inevitable in the coding world. Once that inspiration hits, there’s no looking back.