Saturday, February 9, 2013

Technology is a Hot Spot for Young Professionals

by Charisse Williams

Charisse Williams

Technology is one of the sexiest careers out there! It’s attractive to the eye, exciting to learn and a lucrative industry that impacts billions of consumers. According to a recent U.S. News report, technology related careers occupied four of the top ten spots in the U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2013.  An increasing number of professionals are specializing in various technology careers such as IT Project Management, Web Developers and Database Administrators. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that between 2010 - 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing- related job openings in the US.

You may still be asking yourself why a career in technology even after those facts. The importance of being tech savvy increases each day as companies try to compete in the economy. Additionally, technology and innovation help companies save large amounts of money yearly. Technology has become a key way for competitors to enhance their impact on the consumer experience.

How did I become interested in technology? My curiosity for technology started in high school when I took an Adobe Photoshop course offered as an elective. I took several art classes growing up and was always interested in graphic design and imagery. Interestingly, the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) states that no state requires computer science coursework for high school students. I found this even more intriguing because technology and digital connection are involved in daily consumer interactions. Plus, the computer elective that I took in high school was one of my favorite courses because it was fun, exciting and memorable. From there, I began to explore technology even more in college by obtaining technology internships and concentrating in Management Information Systems. By my senior year of college, I determined that I would pursue a technology career full time. This is where Deloitte Consulting LLP came into play. By the end of first semester senior year, I was ready to start my career with the firm.

So how does technology currently play into my career? I currently work at Deloitte Consulting LLP in Chicago, IL. Even at my level as a business technology analyst, I interact with professionals at various levels whether on the client site or in the office on Fridays. Deloitte technology prides itself on professionals pursuing their passions which are evident in their wide range of service lines. Some of the services lines include Systems Integration, SAP, Emerging Solutions and Oracle. I belong to the Deloitte Digital service line. The Deloitte Digital service line focuses on conducting business with consumers digitally via offerings such as mobile, social, web and digital content. During my time with Deloitte so far, I have been exposed to numerous technology and innovation concepts.

I strongly encourage you to do your research and find a technology concept that interests you. There are tons of firms in corporate America in search of technology professionals; you just have to find your ideal environment. I am at the stage where I am actively exploring new technology specialties and programs. Remember technology is fun, fast and becoming more and more important in today’s society. It is surely a hot spot for young professionals now and in the future.

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