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5 Reasons To Consider Becoming A Tech Geek

5 Reasons To Consider Becoming A Tech Geek

There are many careers and occupations that are known to stand the test of time. Medical practitioners, accountants, and teachers have existed for millennia and will probably exist until the robocalypse. Today, we need to add computer and information technology professionals to that list.

If you really want to get technical, computers started back in the early 1800s. However, computers as we recognize them today were invented over 70 years ago. They have significantly evolved during this time, from what used to be large, room-sized computers that would occupy as many as 1800 square feet of space, to fitting in the palms of our hands.

Whether the roles that exist today are called computer engineers, programmers, or database administrators, the tech industry has now become a permanent and lucrative industry that you should consider getting into.

1. It’s where the jobs are and will be.

Although the role of a computer engineer or computer programmer has been changing and evolving along with technological advancements, these careers are here to stay. They will change and evolve over time as technology moves further into robotics, Internet of Things, cognitive computing, and so on, but if you are looking for an exciting career and job security, this is the place to be.

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    Source: Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up – GeekWire

    This chart tells us that this industry is growing very rapidly, and by 2020 we are expecting to have a shortage of 1 million computer programmers or engineers. This type of shortage implies several things. For one, with higher demand than supply, employers will pay high salaries to fill these positions. It also means that you will have more choice in selecting what company you wish to work for.

    2. The average salaries are very high compared to other fields.

    The United States Department of Labor Statistics shows a software developer earning an average of 93K per year. And that was in 2012. This has increased significantly over the last few years.

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      Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

      In hot market hubs such as Silicon Valley, an entry-level software developer will earn a starting salary of 90-100K+.

      3. It is standing the test of time.

      Technology companies are lasting longer than originally thought — we now have technology companies like IBM that have been around for over 100 years. IBM demonstrates how a technology company adapts. For example, they’ve moved from mostly mainframe computers to cognitive systems like Watson, which lets companies predict health trends or recommends trending gifts during the holidays.

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      If you look at our aspirations as a race, we want to have flying cars, we want to invent teleportation, we want to explore the universe and live on other planets and the list goes on. All these things would not be even considered possible without computer technology. This will continue to drive demand for these types of careers.

      4. Demand in universities continues to grow.

      Universities worldwide continue to see unprecedented growth in their computer science/engineering enrolment and have been expanding to keep up with the demand.

      “An introductory computer science course at Harvard College broke records this fall, becoming the most-registered-for class at the prestigious institution and proving once again that computer science is among the fastest-growing areas in education.” — D. Frank Smith, Edtechmagazine

      Here’s a list of the best global universities for computer science:

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      1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      2. Stanford University
      3. Harvard University
      4. University of California—Berkeley
      5. Tsinghua University
      6. University of Texas—Austen
      7. Nanyang Technological University
      8. University of California—San Diego
      9. National University of Singapore

      Source: USNews.com

      If you are interested in the criteria on how these were ranked, click here.

      5. You want to be rich and famous.

      Many of the richest people in the world have become rich through technology. That includes bigs names like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and many other incredibly wealthy individuals.

      As I mentioned, computer science, software development, computer engineering, or other terms that define and represent technological roles and careers may evolve over time, but are clearly the foundation for the future. The market is definitely headed that way as we advance technology to the next level. I don’t see any signs of this trend slowing down.

      Featured photo credit: Andras Horvath via flickr.com

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      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

        Why You Need a Vision

        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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        How to Create Your Life Vision

        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

        What Do You Want?

        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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        Some tips to guide you:

        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
        • Give yourself permission to dream.
        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

        Some questions to start your exploration:

        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
        • What qualities would you like to develop?
        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
        • What would you most like to accomplish?
        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

        A few prompts to get you started:

        • What will you have accomplished already?
        • How will you feel about yourself?
        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
        • What does your ideal day look like?
        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
        • What would you be doing?
        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
        • How are you dressed?
        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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        Plan Backwards

        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
        • What important actions would you have had to take?
        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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