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Why did you decide to pursue a career in tech?

radiomorillo profile image Stephanie Morillo ・1 min read

Hi everyone 👋🏽—

I've been in tech eight years and one thing is abundantly clear: everyone has a story as to why they're now in a tech career.

Whether you come from a non-traditional background or majored in Computer Science (or another computing discipline), why did you decide to pursue a career in tech? What do you like most about being in tech?

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I was always experimenting with my family's desktop computer, taking it apart, breaking it, putting it back together, and seeing what happened. When I got to college, I was the person all my friends/roommates asked for help with their own computer or how to do various things. Finding that I was passing my math classes with flying colors and hating my bio/chem classes, I joined the computer science program and fell in love with programming. Back then, I loved being able to fix something, build something, and help people, which is still what I do today.

 

The truth: Insecurity. I honestly wanted to go into a much more artistic career but, while everyone has a lot of self-doubts regarding programming, mine was (and is) with my drawings/art, and well, they got to me and I ended up making the choice to study computer engineering.

Having said that, a year ago, after almost three years after graduating as a computer engineer, I actually decided that I did want to be a part of this. I found that it was my safe space from the horrible things happening back home (Venezuela) and that I thoroughly enjoyed the entire development process. Constantly learning new things, coding, applying best practices, reading on different development processes, debugging, envisioning solutions, and all of that makes me really happy. Which is why I'm still here c:

And even though I was super insecure, I haven't stopped drawing! Quite frankly, after a hard day's work of development, I like to chill by drawing so, it's all good!

 

Being in tech always gives the motivation to do more and I believe it's a beautiful field where criticism never disappoints a developer but rather drives him/her to be better.

 

I like your perspective, Amey, thank you for sharing :)

 

I watched the movie hackers (1995) when I was a kid and made my decision right there and then.

 

That's really cool!

 

A romantic delusion of sorts about how programming brings words to life.

 

Hmm, do tell more. :)