‘Careers for Years’ explores tech jobs

Hi! My name is Keneisha from Careers for Years!

Before ‘Careers in Tech,’ I thought anyone who majored in the tech field had to be good at math. When I had heard about internet researchers, I thought they spent all day googling things. Thankfully, when this season got started, I got some new ideas about careers in tech!

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Our Guests:

  • Alex Dorsk, Coder

“If you like puzzles then you also probably like programming…” — Alex Dorsk

In this conversation, I learned that when you code, you begin to have a different approach to problems themselves. You learn how to break them down into different parts. You also become more open to the concept that there’s more than one way to do anything.  I also learned how important it is to use our technological abilities for the best.

  • Jenna Sherman and Nikki Bourassa, Internet Researchers

“It is also from the angle of who is creating this data, who is creating the algorithms being used in these technologies … I try and think about it from an empowering narrative how we can use and create these technologies for the social good.” — Jenna Sherman

One of my favorite things I learned is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist in order to work in the tech field.  For instance, Jenna and Nikki are internet researchers, who majored in health research and political science in college.

  • Sasha Costanza-Chock, Associate Professor of Civic Media

“Follow your heart … it’s not a linear path necessarily. For me, the entry point was around my own experience and music!” — Sasha Costanza-Chock

Not all paths are straight ones!

  • Ethan Zuckerman, Director of Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab

“I totally think it’s possible. I think that smart young people following what they want to do and then taking advantage of sort of the doors that open along the way… yeah.” — Ethan Zuckerman

It was great to explore the humble beginnings of the fulfilling lives of these inspiring people! I’d have to say that one of my favorite things throughout this series has been learning that tech isn’t all about math. If listeners like me hadn’t heard that, then those who aren’t sensational at math (me) might have been discouraged. If you listen to the whole series, you’ll realize this is a recurring theme, but a favorite one nonetheless. Thanks for reading.

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