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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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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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